LSI Corporation announced they are working closely with VMware to deliver breakthrough desktop density for VMware Horizon View deployments. VDI can be a challenging environment for the storage infrastructure with its 'bursty' random write workloads. For HDD-based solutions, be they SAN, NAS or direct attached storage, these workloads closely mirror the absolute worst-case scenario for an HDD. Throwing more spindles at the problem isn't the best of solutions, as this leads to drastically over provisioned storage resources to tackle a problem that can be addressed with a simple slip-in solution that provides lower power consumption and exponentially better latency performance.
Many administrators mistakenly think that throughput and IOPS can address every performance challenge, but the secret to maximum performance actually falls to the latency of the storage solution.
Enter the LSI WarpDrive, which brings a healthy helping of flash and places it as close to the processor as possible, delivering massive performance improvements with a minimum of configuration. Above we can observe the VSImax rating of 280 obtained before the system maxed out the CPU.In collaborative testing with VMware Horizon View using a single LSI Nytro WarpDrive application acceleration card, the WarpDrive comfortably delivers concurrent support for 200 active virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) workloads on a two-node cluster with no storage latency.
VDI environments can present performance challenges from a multitude of angles. Many companies simply test the bootstorm environment, which is an important aspect of VDI performance, but there are many more use-cases in the day-to-day management and use of VMware that can benefit from flash acceleration.
Here we see that the time to deploy linked clone pools can be drastically reduced.
VDI environments benefit more from low latency than sheer IOPS, and here the WarpDrive delivers with 150 desktops per ESXI node.
What is most amazing about these results is that the CPU became the bottleneck before the WarpDrives ran out of steam, meaning that with optimized infrastructures there is the possibility of even more performance than demonstrated in this test. Of course, it always boils down to TCO. The benefits of a flash solution are numerous, from the lowered power consumption, the small form factor and the removal of a whole layer of devices associated with the deployment of a SAN or NAS. The LSI Nytro WarpDrive delivers enough endurance to provide long-term acceleration, and the addition of compression technology provides maximum performance in VDI environments.
Today, Lenovo EMC announced the launch of a new, unique data protection solution that is said to provide 360-degree backup protection for business information storage on servers, PCs, and even NAS devices. This new solution combines LenovoEMC storage technology with state-of-the-art backup software designed by Acronis.
Acronis Backup and Recovery is available today as an add-on application download for existing Lenovo EMC px series hardware. Lenovo says that this solution is a new approach to NAS backup and that the Acronis backup engine provides automated and fast incremental backup of data located on the NAS to a network storage target.
"Protecting data is critical for businesses today," said Eric Arcese, president and general manager, Lenovo EMC Ltd. "Organizations need a cost-effective data backup and protection solution with advanced capabilities. Our new Lenovo EMC px Acronis Backup Appliance seamlessly combines leading-edge hardware with innovative backup software in a single high-performance solution that doesn't need or require any additional hardware or third-party software. We put it all together in one product that we believe is the most dependable, easy-to-use backup solution on the market today."
Dmitri Joukovski, senior vice president of product management at Acronis, said, "Single-destination backup is a major pain point for businesses of all sizes. But, it can be especially detrimental to the livelihood of SMBs. The Acronis-LenovoEMC solution makes hybrid backup destinations accessible and easy to manage, and provides a 'Plan B' approach to data protection by leveraging the cloud and other forms of off-site storage."
Earlier today, Innodisk announced a new patented technology that is aimed at protecting SSD data integrity in the event of sudden power outages. Dubbed Power Secure, the new technology is hardware and firmware-based and uses a low-power detector on the SSD to trigger a safe power-down recovery algorithm to help prevent data loss and ensure data integrity.
The new controller will complete the current operation by using residual power that is stored in capacitors on the SSD. The power monitor will continue monitoring external power conditions and will prevent further access to flash memory while the voltage levels are abnormally. When power is restored, the firmware will scan the SSD for errors and restore the drive to a readable state. Data that otherwise would of been lost in an SSD not equipped with Innodisk's Power Secure technology is then recovered.
Today, Greenliant Systems announced that it has started volume production of its 16GB and 32GB industrial grade SATA NANDrive embedded SSDs. The modules feature 1-bit-per-cell NAND flash memory and are ideal for long-life products that need high-endurance storage to ensure user data and applications are safe and secure.
Available in the ball grid array (BGA) form-factor, Greenliant says that the addition of the GLS85LS1016P and GLS85LS1032P NANDrives to the company's industrial grade SATA NANDrive portfolio allows customers a wider range of capacities ranging from 2GB all the way up to 32GB. The new drives feature Greenliant's internally-developed NAND controller that incorporates error correction code alongside advanced wear leveling algorithms.
"To address applications with long lifecycles, SLC SATA NANDrive will be available up to 10 years through Greenliant's Long-Term Availability (LTA) program," said Chen Tsai, senior vice president, manufacturing operations, Greenliant Systems. "With the LTA program and new SLC NANDrive products, Greenliant is reiterating its commitment to customers in markets with stringent requirements, such as automotive, avionics, industrial, medical, military and transportation."
Today, ASUSTOR announced the launch of a brand new budget-friendly, entry-level NAS. The AS 2 Series NAS is designed to fill the storage needs in a personal home network and is subdivided into two different lines.
The AS-20XT series is designed around the idea of creating a personal cloud for customers who just need network storage. The AS-20XTE series is designed to give users both personal cloud storage as well as digital entertainment functionality. Both series feature a 2-Bay and 4-Bay solution, which were designed to meet the needs of consumers as well as provide an entry-level product for those using a NAS for the first time.
All four of the ASUSTOR 2 Series NAS feature Intel's latest dual-core Atom processor running at 1.2GHz, with the AS-20XT featuring 512MB of DDR3 RAM while the AS-20XTE boasts an impressive 1GB of DDR3 RAM. The AS-20XT includes powerful cloud storage software that allows users to quickly set up their own backup server, file server, video surveillance solution, or even a web server.
The AS-20XTE features an HDMI port, IR receiver, and an XBMC App that can be downloaded to turn the NAS into a full-featured media player. ASUSTOR also features an optional remote control that will allow users to control the media center functionality from their recliner. Optionally, users can download the XBMC remote app to their mobile device for easy control as well.
Today, HighPoint launched the RocketU 1144E, a new 4-port HBA that it says is the most versatile storage HBA in the industry today. The new RocketU 1144E features USB 3.0 and 6Gb/s eSATA connectivity and uncompromised per-port architecture. HighPoint says that the new device is designed for PC and Mac platforms and is the perfect solution for external eSATA and USB 3.0 storage.
HighPoint says that the RocketU 1144E benefits from the company's per-port architecture, which gives it an exclusive advantage over other HBAs on the market. With this technology, each port remains fully independant and is powered by a dedicated 5Gb/s USB 3.0 or 6Gb/s SATA controller. Additionally, the inclusion of a PCIe 2.0 x4 host interface ensures that customers experience nothing but the highest level of performance from this new 4-port HBA.
HighPoint says that the new RocketU 1144E is capable of supporting all of the industry standard USB and SATA storage devices and is compatible with Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Mac OSX 10.8.3 or later. Linux support is also available and drivers can be downloaded from the company's website.
Anyone who has ever attempted to shoot HD video knows that anything above 720p requires massive amounts of storage for high frame rates and good quality. With 4K video quickly becoming the norm, SanDisk has responded to this need for high-capacity, high-speed storage for 4K compatible video recording.
Today, SanDisk announced its new 256GB Extreme Pro CFast card that has been designed with 4K videographers in mind. The card has write speeds of up to 65MB/s and fast shot speeds up to 140MB/s. SanDisk says that the card has been designed to support Cinema-quality 4K and full HD video capture.
Unfortunately, this is not a card you just walk down to Walmart and buy when you forget your other one at home. Retailing at $1810, this card is a little pricey for your everyday average shooter. As an ex-professional photographer, the price does strike me as being a little high.
Today, Mushkin announced the launch of its highly anticipated Scorpion Deluxe PCIe solid state drive. Mushkin says that the new Scorpion Deluxe outpaces its competitors in both speed and performance thanks to quad SandForce SF-2281 controllers and unthrottled IOPS. The new drive clocks in at 2150 MB/s read and 1900MB/s write, making it an extreme performer in any system you throw it in.
The new Scorpion Deluxe is available in 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, and 1920GB capacities, of which all boast just over 100,000 4K read and write IOPS and 1 million hours of MTBF. The PCIe SSD also includes a three-year warranty and is available now in the US at RAMExperts.com and will roll out worldwide on September 16 at select electronic retailers.
"The Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD is a result of the desire to create and produce revolutionary components that maximize performance. We are looking to enhance and accelerate the work process -- be it for creative production or database applications," said Nicolas Villalobos, the Director of Global Marketing for Mushkin, Inc. "We are pleased to be able to add the Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD to our existing line of now available innovative technologies."
In its current form, Blu-ray only holds 25GB and 50GB, for single- and dual-layer discs, respectively. But the Blu-ray Disc Association has teased the world with a 4K-capable disc format.
German-based Singulus has revealed more than the Blu-ray Disc Association, announcing that it has finished production tests of Blu-ray discs that hold 100GB on three layers, which makes it "ideal" for 4K movies. Singulus haven't revealed many details on the new discs, so we don't know if it has BDA support just yet.
IDF 2013 - This week Western Digital has been showing off their new Ultra Slim 500GB single-platter HDD alongside their NAS friendly WD Red HDDs. The highlight of the booth however, is a completely built-from-scratch model of an F1 race car. The car is built entirely out of Western Digital HDD parts and features LED lighting, and a spinning motor.
IDF 2013 - Promise Technology showed off several different devices equipped with Thunderbolt 2. Promise's Pegasus line of storage devices are ready to ship, though the ones seen in the video may not be the final physical form. However, Promise says they are ready to ship the devices as soon as Thunderbolt 2 is officially launched by Intel and partners.
Promise has also updated their SANLink product with 8Gbps Fiber connections and Thunderbolt 2. This product will be important for users who purchase the new Mac Pro and need to connect to a Fiber SAN as the new Mac Pro doesn't feature available PCIe expansion ports.
IDF 2013 - Intel showed off how to overclock an SSD today at IDF 2013 in San Francisco. While this certainly doesn't prove that they are working on releasing an overclockable SSD to the public, it certainly shows that they've been toying with the idea. The general idea is that there are several knobs inside the SSD that can be adjusted, resulting in gains of up to 25%.
When pushed, Intel Product Manager James Slattery would only say that, "Intel is not announcing an overclockable SSD product at this time." As we all know, this phrase all but confirms that Intel is working on an overclockable SSD product to be released later. While not confirmed, we'd put more than a grain of salt towards this rumor.
Despite further pushing, I was unable to get any further information about a possible product, though I expect we might start seeing K-edition SSDs that will feature unlocked "knobs" for overclockers to play around with. It's important to note that you will not want to put important data on an overclocked SSD as reliability and validity of data is not guaranteed.
IDF 2013 - Today LSI announced that they will be demonstrating their NVM Express Solution for Next-Generation SandForce Flash Controllers at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum. LSI says that NVMe "is an optimized, high-performance, scalable host controller interface with a streamlined register interface and command set designed for enterprise and client systems using PCI Express (PCIe(R))-based flash devices"
"Personal computing platforms, big data applications and hyperscale web and cloud datacenters are driving IT adoption of PCIe flash devices to optimize the user experience and contend with faster and more efficient access to massive amounts of data," said Thad Omura, vice president of marketing, Flash Components Division, LSI. "LSI's host NVMe driver expertise and flash controller leadership is the ideal combination to enable industry-wide, volume adoption of PCIe flash storage."
The LSI solution being demoed consistent standard drivers, target silicon and full implementation of the protocol. The demo is a test program to show a host device sending NVMe commands across a PCIe bus to LSI Target Silicon. LSI says that this demo is a major milestone in achieving NVMe host driver and target controller optimization and validation.
IDF 2013 - Our own Trace Hagan had the opportunity to stop by the Adaptec booth today at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum being held in San Francisco California. While at the booth, a company representative walked us through their Series 8 of RAID adapters.
Adaptec said that the Series 8 RAID cards features five different models that all feature high-port connectivity and that the 7 Series is the only cards in the industry to feature up to 16 ports on a low profile form factor card. Series 8 also features MaxCaching Plus technology.
Today Addonics Technology unveiled its new Sapphire Snap-In Disk , an external storage device that is aimed at the high-performance segment and features easy expandability and RAID capabilities. Addonics says that the new Sapphire is a great portable solution for applications that demand high-performance and large storage quantities.
The new Sapphire Snap-In Disk comes equipped with different interfaces for fast external storage performance including an eSATA port, USB 3.0 and even a mini SAS connection. The allows users to hot-swap up to four 2.5-inch storage drives for quick and easy changes. Before drives can be configured as for individual drives, a single large volume or high-performance RAID grouping with redundancy for reliability.
Users are able to configure the RAID settings by using the bundled RAID utility software or by flipping DIP switches on the back of the device. Software for monitoring the device on Windows, Mac and Linux is also available. Addonics says the new Sapphire Snap-In Disk will retail at an MSRP of $245.
Today ASUSTOR announced the launch of a new live demo site that will allow its customers to test its newest version of the ASUSTOR Data Master, ADM 2.0. ASUSTOR says that the new demo will allow users to experience the company's specialized software firsthand without the need to make a purchase first.
ADM 2.0 is the next-generation of the company's proprietary NAS operating system, and features a heavily optimized user interface that is both powerful and easy to use. The company says that newly added features will now allow users to upload their own desktop wallpaper, choose between 16 different languages, and even pin frequently used applications to the ADM menu bar. ADM 2.0 also features a new APP Central store where users download over 100 apps that can be ran on their NAS running ADM 2.0.
Today micron unveiled its new Serial NOR Flash Interface with Replay-Protected Monotonic Counter designed for use in Ultrathin Devices. This new NOR Flash Interface has already been validated for use in future Intel Ultrabook platforms. Micron says that with this announcement, it is well-positioned to support the growth of Ultrathin applications with its large portfolio of DRAM, NAND, NOR and SSD solutions.
"This first-to-market RPMC feature, developed by Micron for our SPI NOR device, is an additional demonstration of our commitment to continuously meet application requirements and customer needs," said Jeff Bader, vice president of Micron's Embedded Solutions Marketing. "Our NOR Flash excellence, coupled with the leadership and expertise of Intel, make this device the best-in-class solution for the Intel Ultrabook and other future Intel-based platforms."
Micron says that it's 64Mb density is the sweet spot solution currently available for immediate platform-enablement activities, and that its 64Mb RPMC-enabled SPI NOR device supports nonvolatile storage and authentication needs that are critical to the chipset security implementation for future Intel Ultrabook platforms and is compliant with Intel's Serial Flash Hardening Product External Architecture Specification.
Just when you thought the storage world was going a little quiet, Intel has come to the table and thrown everything on the ground to announce its new Intel Solid-State Drive Professional Family, which includes the Intel Solid-State Drive Pro 1500 Series.
The new drives are geared toward business-class clients, and are engineered specifically for "easy IT deployment and secure manageability, and offer a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with enhanced performance." The Intel SSD Pro 1500 Series has some nifty features, where it can protect your data from unauthorized access with its enterprise-grade security features.
These security features include hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption and industry-standard Opal key management protocols. Intel has designed the new Intel SSD Pro 1500 Series SSDs to work with its Haswell-based fourth-generation Core processors with Intel vPro technology.
Today, Western Digital announced that it has acquired Virident Systems, a key player in the enterprise flash storage industry. The announcement says that the two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement where Virident will be acquired by HSGT, a subsidiary owned by Western Digital.
"We have established a competitive position in the enterprise SSD space and with our recently announced acquisitions we are increasing our commitment to become an even more significant player in this high growth segment," said Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer, Western Digital. "Virident has a proven leadership team and a culture of innovation. Its combination of great people, leading products and advanced technology will enhance our increasingly strategic position in enterprise storage."
Western Digital has reportedly paid approximately $685 million in cash for Virident, of which $645 million represents the enterprise value of Virident. Western Digital says that Virident CEO Mike Gustafson will join HGST as a senior vice president and will head up the Virident team under HSGT President Mike Cordano.
Today at the world's largest High Performance Computing (HPC) event located at the world renowned Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, OCZ will unveil the Aeon Series 3.5-inch SSD. The Aeon series SSD is based on the Non-Volatile Memory (NVMe) specification and is targeted to meet stringent requirements of latency sensitive applications currently hindered by legacy HDD infrastructure. OCZ, with the Aeon Series, puts an emphasis on superior Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increasing performance for financial industry datacenters.
Unveiling the latest Aeon Series at the HPC for Wall Street show provides IT professional's valuable insight into leveraging new technologies to maximize their company's productivity and streamline their storage footprint.
Designed for demanding transactional environments such as high-frequency trading, Aeon delivers the speed and low latency read and writes of DRAM with the persistence and scalability of storage. It reduces file system overhead in enterprise appliances while accelerating applications and improving overall I/O efficiency, along with providing unlimited endurance supporting an infinite number of drive writes per day without wearing out or slowing down.
On the heels of the latest successful public beta, Synology has launched DiskStation Manager 4.3 to an official release. Many new features come with this latest release along with a few upgrades. Some of these include Cloud Station, which is 30 percent faster with Synology adding in delta-updates, and improved mobile applications for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Another feature that caught our attention was the addition of TRIM support for modern Synology DiskStation and RackStation x10 series. Select models also gain the ability to use an SSD as a cache drive for higher read performance. For those of you that want the option to use the latest from Synology, a live demo is made available to the public (see first source below).