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Intel announces it's 'winding down' its Intel Optane memory business

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 28, 2022 7:33 PM CDT

Intel has formally announced that it is "winding down" its Optane memory business, announced in their non-GAAP adjustment table that was released for their Q2 2022 earnings.

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The news was then confirmed during the Q&A session afterwards, where it will be winding down its Intel Optane memory business in Q2 2022. Intel said it "initiated the winding down of our Intel Opane memory business" in Q2 2022.

Intel reached out to Tom's Hardware, with the Intel representative explaining: "We continue to rationalize our portfolio in support of our IDM 2.0 strategy. This includes evaluating divesting businesses that are either not sufficiently profitable or not core to our strategic objectives. After careful consideration, Intel plans to cease future product development within its Optane business. We are committed to supporting Optane customers through the transition".

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KIOXIA teams with Aerospike: boosts database performance by up to 36%

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 26, 2022 8:26 PM CDT

KIOXIA has announced that it's collaborating with Aerospike to boost their Aerospike Community Edition database, which resulted in a 36% increase in application performance when compared against the original software without the KIOXIA enhancements.

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The companies tested it with the KIOXIA FL6 Series enterprise NVMe Storage Class Memory (SCM) SSDs with a software enhancement developed by KIOXIA. As for the Aerospike database, it was optimized to run on flash and SSD products, and is capable of high throughout, and low patency on flash.

KIOXIA notes that it featured the KIOXIA SCM solution, XL-FLASH, and PCIe 4.0 and NVMe 1.4-compliant KIOXIA FL6 Series SSDs to "bridge the gap" between DRAM and TLC-based drives, "making them well-suited to loatency-sensitive use cases such as caching layer, tiering and write logging".

Continue reading: KIOXIA teams with Aerospike: boosts database performance by up to 36% (full post)

KIOXIA CM7 Series enterprise PCIe 5.0 SSDs: up to 14GB/sec, up to 30TB

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 26, 2022 1:56 AM CDT

KIOXIA has just announced its new CM7 Series enterprise NVMe SSDs that are on the PCIe 5.0 standard, offering up to a huge 14GB/sec read speeds, and up to a massive 30TB capacity.

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The new KIOXIA CM7 Series enterprise NVMe SSDs are now shipping to select customers, with the company saying they're "optimized for the needs of high-performance, highly efficient servers and storage". KIOXIA is tapping the next-gen PCIe 5.0 standard, providing the new KIOXIA CM7 Series SSDs in the Enterprise and Datacenter Standard Form Factor (EDSFF) E3.S and 2.5-inch form factors.

KIOXIA is using the PCIe 5.0 x4 standard and says that the KIOXIA CM7 Series SSD "nearly saturates the PCIe 5.0 interface" with its up to 14GB/sec (14,000MB/sec) reads. The CM7-V comes in 1.6TB, 3.2TB, 6.4TB, and 12.8TB capacities while the CM7-R comes in 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB, 15.3TB, and a gigantic 30.7TB capacities.

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Samsung's second-gen computational SSD is powered by AMD

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 24, 2022 11:47 PM CDT

Samsung has just revealed its new, second-gen SmartSSD which is powered by an AMD Xilinx Versal FPGA that the company says will promise a 50% reduction in computational times.

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Not only that, but the second-gen Samsung SmartSSD will have 70% lower power consumption, and a reduction in CPU utilization that could be 97% lower when compared to a regular SSD for frequently-accessed data. The big deal here is the new AMD-Xilinx deal that took place in February 2022, making a big splash into processing data on the SSD, instead of transferring information between multiple drives.

The new computational SSD has the bandwidth to make streams faster, lowers data latency since there are fewer (and unnecessary) packages travelling between the storage drive, and the processor. This means that the processor is free for other tasks, that are more important for your PC. The onboard Arm cores use small amounts of power, and offer low operating temperatures which are a great combo for use in a supercomputer or HPC system.

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Seagate announces 30TB HDDs coming in mid-2023, bigger 50TB+ in 2026

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 24, 2022 9:08 PM CDT

Seagate teased nearly a year ago now back in September 2021 that it was developing its second-generation HAMR HDD that would "be probably around 30TB" but now that day is here.

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Seagate has announced that it will be launching its second-generation HAMR HDDs with capacities of 30TB in mid-2023, but even more mammoth HAMR HDDs are coming: 40TB+ in 2024, and 50TB+ in 2025. Pretty crazy when we're dealing with single-digit M.2 NVMe SSDs.

The company has made it clear that it will be shipping the second-gen HAMR HDDs with 30TB+ capacities in 2023, with certain customers of Seagate in the data center market getting their drives first, while everyone else will have to wait. As for the HAMR technology: Seagate's HAMR tech adjusts HDD memory, affecting media, magnetic layer, reading and writing heads, controller, actuators, and several other components of a hard drive.

Continue reading: Seagate announces 30TB HDDs coming in mid-2023, bigger 50TB+ in 2026 (full post)

ADATA shows off XPG PCIe Gen5 SSD: up to an insane 14GB/sec reads

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 18, 2022 10:04 PM CDT

ADATA revealed its next-gen PCIe 5.0 SSD at CES 2022 earlier this year as "Project Blackbird", but now the company is giving the skinny on its ultra-fast next-gen SSDs.

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The new ADATA XPG PCIe Gen5 SSD will be pushing a huge 12GB/sec writes, and a bonkers 14GB/sec writes that will also require some radical cooling: ADATA is using an in-house, exclusively developed cooling solution for its new Project Nighthawk PCIe 5.0 SSDs. Not only is it fast, but it looks awesome, too.

ADATA is reportedly using the SM2508 controller, offering up to 1800K IOPS random reads, and 1600K IOPS writes operations per second. ADATA's new Project Nighthawk PCIe 5.0 SSDs will be offered in a large 8TB capacity, which is the capacity you can get now from the likes of Sabrent and their kick-ass Rocket 4 Plus 8TB SSD... but you ain't getting 14GB/sec reads, that's for sure.

Continue reading: ADATA shows off XPG PCIe Gen5 SSD: up to an insane 14GB/sec reads (full post)

Sony and Western Digital unveil first PlayStation 5 licensed SSDs

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 11, 2022 6:59 PM CDT

Sony and Western Digital have announced the first officially licensed SSDs for the PlayStation 5, in both 1TB and 2TB capacities, with the SN850 NVMe SSD.

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Both of the new SSDs feature PlayStation logos so you'll know this is for your console, and not your PC, where they're specifically compatible (I'm sure it won't take long to get it working on the PC) for Sony's PlayStation 5 console.

Installation is easy, you'll need to turn your console off, unplug it from power (duh), remove the side panel, unscrew the SSD expansion slot, and then install your fresh new Western Digital SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5 inside, and you're almost good to go. You'll also need to update your PS5 console to version 21.02-04.00.00 which shouldn't take long.

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Phison E26 Gen5 SSD controller: 'flagship product in the PC market'

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 11, 2022 6:19 PM CDT

Phison is talking up its upcoming Gen5 SSD controller once again, but the days of its Gen4 SSD controllers aren't over... with new PCIe 4.0 SSDs coming that will reach 7.2GB/sec for consumers, and up to 32TB capacities for servers.

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The company is working on the PCIe Gen 5 E26, PCIe Gen 4 E25 and PCIe Gen 4 E20 products that include the Phison E26 'PS5026-E26' PCIe Gen 5 SSD controller that will usher in the lofty speeds of 13GB/sec (13,000MB/sec) that we saw teased not too long ago. Phison teased its E26 controller pumping away in an AMD Zen 4-capable X670E motherboard at an insane 12.5GB/sec.

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QNAP TS-h1290FX NAS: AMD EPYC CPU, 25GbE networking +100GbE upgrade

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 4, 2022 6:28 PM CDT

QNAP's new monster TS-h1290FX NAS is a new storage solution that would be perfect for a multitude of use cases, with content creation + video editing teams collaborating from the super-powered QNAP TS-h1290FX NAS.

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The new QNAP TS-h1290FX NAS is powered by an AMD EPYC "Rome" CPU, with up to 1TB of DDR4 ECC RAM, and 25GbE networking by default. There's also PCIe Gen4 expansion as well, so you can throw in a couple of super-speed 25/50/100GbE networking cards for up to 20 workstations to be directly connected to the TS-h1290FX NAS. In this way, you don't need a switch -- everyone can be directly connected into the NAS -- the QNAP way.

QNAP is offering different configurations of the AMD EPYC "Rome" CPU inside of its new TS-h1290FX NAS, the flagship rocks the AMD EPYC 7302P 16-core/32-thread processor (Burst up to 3.3 GHz) and 256GB of DDR4 ECC RDIMM memory (8 x 32GB sticks) by default, upgradeable to a huge 1TB of DDR4 ECC RDIMM memory.

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Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Destroyer 2 SSD: 64TB SSD @ 28GB/sec insanity

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 26, 2022 11:49 PM CDT

Sabrent doesn't sleep, with its thirst for storage dominance knowing no bounds, the company has just unleashed its new Rocket 4 Plus Destroyer 2 SSD... and man, it's a monster.

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The new Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Destroyer 2 SSD features 8 x Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 8TB M.2 SSDs for a total of 64TB (terabytes) of SSD storage. They're all connected into Highpoint SSD7540 PCIe 4.0 x16 RAID card, with Sabrent adding a Broadcom PCIe 4.0 8 series PEX switch, which handles the 8 separate M.2 slots.

64TB of insanely fast SSD storage comes in a nice and thin single-slot design, and on a PCIe 4.0 x16 interface, requiring a single 6-pin PCIe power connector on the end of the card. We're looking at up to an insane 28,000MB/sec (28GB/sec) read and writes, which blows PCIe 4.0 (7.5GB/sec or so) and the next-gen PCIe 5.0 (12GB/sec to 15GB/sec) out of the water.

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