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Micron's new SolidScale tech unlocks NVMe performance

By Derek Strickland | May 3, 2017 08:18 pm CDT

Micron's new revolutionary SolidScale tech was unveiled and showcased at the 2017 Micron Summit in New York City's Freedom Tower, and TweakTown's own storage editor Jon Coulter attended the storage giant's big showcase.


Micron has revealed its new SolidScale architecture, a revolutionary platform that unlocks the full potential of NVMe SSDs.

The magic of SolidScale is that it takes the benefits of localized NVMe pools (high-speeds, large capacities) and spreads them out across an entire datacenter system. The SolidScale platform uses Micron SSDs outfitted with special high-bandwidth fabric interfaces to unlock full IOPs and speeds of the drive, and then share that performance across the entire system. SolidScale has lots of applications, but the main point takeaway is this: Micron has merged the benefits of NVMe and PCIe SSDs together with hardware and software to give datacenters a wealth of flexibility and power to help run their servers, cloud-driven analytics, and other intensive workloads.

"Do the same work with fewer servers, or do more work with your existing servers with a platform that pools the available storage together. This allows you to scale at high efficiency without sacrificing performance or driving up costs," Micron explains.


So why did Micron develop SolidScale?

Micron developed SolidScale as the first step towards empowering datacenters with sufficient resources needed for the data needs of the next generation. And the new architecture also furthers the new NVMe-over-Fabrics standard for enterprise adoption.

The tech fits a very real need in today's server market. Companies are constantly looking for low-cost solutions to their problems, especially when these solutions merge low-costs, power and speed without sacrifice. With SolidScale, companies can use their existing NVMe infrastructures and reap tangible benefits by "unlocking" the drive performance: high storage capacity, speed, and the raw IOPs power needed to drive certain workloads and applications.

And as data growth is on the rise and shows no signs of stopping, it's critical solutions like SolidState are implemented now in preparation for tomorrow's huge data creation.


Just how fast is data growing?

According to IDC, data growth will continue at a substantial rate by hitting an astronomical 163 zettabytes (163 trillion GB) by 2025. SolidScale is Micron's effort to ensure companies are ready for the massive influx of data.


IDC surveyed 800 businesses across nine countries to gauge data growth, and found that data is increasing at an average rate of 24% per year. As companies do more work such as real-time analytics, they create considerably more data--and this trend will continue on a yearly basis. Smaller companies tend to create less data, but bigger companies with 10,000 or more employees see 25% data growth.

This strong momentum of data growth poses some very real challenges for datacenters across the globe.


If the data growth continues as it has (and IDC notes that it will), 45% of surveyed companies are concerned they won't be able to meet performance needs. So Micron made SolidScale in an effort to arm IT experts, datacenters and key storage experts with the kind of high-end NVMe performance that's required for increased data flows and workloads.

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Intel reveals DC P4500, DC P4600 3D NAND SSDs

By Derek Strickland | May 2, 2017 11:00 am CDT

Today Intel is announcing two new SSDs for the Datacenter. Both are based on Intel's 384Gbit 3D TLC flash technology. Normally TLC Flash of any flavor indicates lower performance and low endurance, but not this time. Intel has architected a brand new 12-channel controller and new firmware to power the DC P4500 and DC P4600. The result? The DC P4500 and DC P4600 are the highest performing Intel NAND-flash SSDs to date.


The DC P4500 is designed for high performance, massively scalable mainstream storage. The DC P4500 is available in capacities of 1, 2, and 4TB and two form factors; U.2 2.5"x 15mm and HHHL AIC. The DC P4500 is rated for 0.7 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) and is warranted for 5-years.

The DC P4600 sports the exact same physical hardware as the DC P4500. The difference between the DC P4600 and DC P4500 is the amount of overprovisioned space. With a healthy dose of OP, the DC P4600 is designed for caching and fast mixed workload storage performance. The DC P4600 in U.2 2.5"x 15mm form factor is available in capacities of 1.6, 2, and 3.2TB. The DC P4600 in HHHL AIC form factor is available in capacities of 2 and 4TB. The DC P4600 is rated for 2.9 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) and is warranted for 5-years.

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Toshiba expands its NetApp SolidFire lineup of SSDs

By Anthony Garreffa | May 2, 2017 08:00 am CDT

Toshiba has announced its latest HK4 Series SATA SSDs are now shipping on NetApp SolidFire SF4805, SF9605, and SF19210 all-flash arrays. All of the new drives arrive in the 2.5-inch form factor, with 2.6W of active operation power consumption.


The HK4 enterprise-ready SSDs are made for the datacenter, with low power consumption, latency, and high performance. The drives are made with Toshiba's fresh 15nm MLC NAND flash and their in-house controller, with enterprise class end-to-end data protection, and power loss protection.

Toshiba's new drives arrive in two different series: HK4R, and HK4E. Starting with Toshiba's new HK4R series, we have 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, and 1920GB - while the HK4E series has 200GB, 400GB, 800GB, and 1600GB. Toshiba backs enterprise clients up with 5-year warranty and 2 million hour MPOH, and easy to deploy purchase for the datacenter with the use of the 2.5-inch form factor.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. Vice President SSD Marketing and Product Planning, Jeremy Werner, said: "Toshiba established its US-based Storage Research and Design Center to bring innovation closer to its customers like NetApp. We are committed to continually offering NetApp a comprehensive portfolio that helps meet the evolving needs of their environment and customers".

LaCie's new Thunderbolt 3 storage comes in up to 20TB

By Anthony Garreffa | Apr 19, 2017 11:49 pm CDT

LaCie has unveiled it's latest for the portable storage world, with the storage giant unveiling its new 2big Dock, a new external storage product aimed at professionals who need to storage lots of data, with fast speeds for backups and off-system storage.

LaCie's big selling point on the 2big Dock is that it can storage up to 20TB worth of HDDs, which the company says is enough space for 650 hours of 4K 30FPS video, or over 200,000 RAW images. The new LaCie 2big Dock features dual Thunderbolt 3 connectivity through USB-C, while there are some storage ports on the front for USB, a SD card reader and even a Compact Flash Card reader slot.

On the back, we have dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, a single USB 3.1 port, and a freakin' DisplayPort connector that lets you plug in a 4K-capable display.

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ADATA's new microSDXC hit 275MB/s read, 155MB/s write

By Derek Strickland | Apr 11, 2017 03:17 pm CDT

ADATA today revealed its new Premier ONEseries of high-performance microSDXC and SDXC cards, featuring blistering fast speeds optimized specifically for 4K and 8K file transfers. ADATA confidently asserts the Premier ONEseries delivers the "fastest microSDXC/SDXC data speeds available."


The Premiere ONEseries has two amazingly potent form factors in its lineup: an SDXC card for enthusiast-grade cameras and devices, and microSDXC/SDHC cards for ultra-performance mobile devices. Premier ONE SDXC cards feature UHS-II U3 Class 10 ratings and come in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities, leveraging high-end 3D MLC flash memory to reach insane speeds of 290MB/sec reads and 260MB/sec writes.

The higher-end UHS-II U3 microSDXC series features Class 10 spec to enable incredible 275MB/second reads and 155MB/second writes, and come in capacities up to 256GB. The Premier ONEseries UHS-I SDHC Class 10 cards are specifically optimized for Full HD 1080p content, and can deliver 85MB/second reads and 25MB/second writes, coming in a variety of capacities including 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.

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Toshiba unveils its largest produced HDD at 8TB

By Anthony Garreffa | Apr 6, 2017 02:27 am CDT

Toshiba has just announced that it has created the largest HDD it has ever made, with its new 8TB drive in the MG Series with model ML05ACA800.


The new 8TB drive is for business critical servers and shared storage systems, with a pretty decent 33% increase over its previous-gen drives. The new 8TB model is on the 6Gbps SATA interface, and on the larger 3.5-inch HDD form factor. Toshiba is on a roll, with IDC recently calling Toshiba the fastest growing HDD vendor in 2016, and now Toshiba is moving its 8TB drive into the enterprise and data center markets.

SanDisk's 256 GB Drive expands your iPhone/iPad storage

By Lana Jelic | Mar 6, 2017 11:26 am CST

MWC 2017 - SanDisk has announced two new products at MWC 2017, one is their SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive, and the other is their SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick. The SanDisk iXpand is a physical drive that inserts into an iPhone or iPad through the lightning connector.


However, it also has a USB 3.0 connector for connecting to computers and other devices as an intermediary between the iPhone or iPad. The device also comes with an app that helps to improve the user experience through features like automatic camera roll backup including tagged photos posted to social media. SanDisk also offers optional encryption and TV streaming via Chromecast or Amazon Fire directly from the iOS device.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless stick has all of the capabilities of the iXpand Flash Drive but without the physical connection

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SanDisk expands superfast MicroSD lineup

By Lana Jelic | Feb 27, 2017 04:00 pm CST

MWC 2017 - SanDisk's MicroSD card lineup has expanded to include more of their top-tier A1 microSD cards.


These cards are designed to have better IOPS of 1,500 read and 500 write and are designed to accelerate application usage when apps are installed to SD card.

One way that SanDisk is expanding this line is by introducing a new capacity to the A1 line of microSD cards with a 256 GB model. This is one of the biggest microSD cards available today and allows for very large file transfer speeds of up to 100 MB/s.

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Intel teases next-gen Optane tech, requires Kaby Lake

By Anthony Garreffa | Feb 22, 2017 02:27 am CST

Intel's upcoming Optane memory technology is one of the most exciting products of the last few years, with the company developing the technology with Micron.


Intel and Micron use 3D XPoint technology that promises super-fast speeds with high capacity, and now we're getting closer to Optane becoming a reality. Intel recently revealed you will need a new 200-series chipset motherboard with specific M.2 slots, and a Kaby Lake-based processor. You'll also need to make sure your motherboard has a BIOS that supports Intel's Rapid Storage Technology (RST) driver v15.5 or higher.

The required 200-series motherboard also need to have an M.2 type 2280-S1-B-M or 2242-S1-B-M storage connector linked to a PCH Remapped PCI-E controller with two or four lanes and B-M keys meeting Non Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) v1.1 standards.

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ADATA targets gamers and modders with new XPG SX950 SSDs

By Anthony Garreffa | Feb 15, 2017 11:55 am CST

ADATA has announced their new XPG SX950 SSD, with a "gaming-styled" EX500 drive enclosure - available in up to 960GB powered by 3D MLC NAND flash, and a SMI controller.


The company has used a custom PCB with an extra-strict chip sorting process to ensure that your new XPG SX950 SSD lives a long life, pushing its 560MB/sec read and 530MB/sec writes. The EX500 external enclosure is aimed at gamers and case modders, with a slick textured enclosure that has a spacer and bracket for easy installation on both desktops, and notebooks.

ADATA's new XPG SX950 SSD sports SLC Cache and DRAM Cache Buffer that will handle the high speeds over long periods of time, across the 240GB, 480GB and 960GB drives - with the 3D NAND being 10% faster than 2D NAND. The SMI controller and ADATA-designed firmware is ready for everything you can throw at it.

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