Matt Leib takes a look at how Pure Storage has engineered their storage arrays to fully realize the promise of solid state disk. He also looks at the features of the Purity operating system on the arrays, and their robust VMware integrations.
Storbyte launched to start the month, unveiling ECO-FLASH, a new architecture approach for an SSD. Using a combination of ASICs, a RAID 0 configuration within the drive, and real-time garbage collection, Storbyte claims it can offer ten times the endurance of competing flash storage without sacrificing performance.
Whenever you talk to storage vendors, they’re quick to mention their plans for NVMe. For good reasons, it’s becoming the de facto standard for the highest performing drives. But what about SATA SSDs? Chris Evans breaks down where these still fit in the market.
StoONE promises to deliver high-end storage array performance for pennies on the dollar. How? That’s the big question.
Usually when we hear about increasing SSD capacity, it’s a matter of increasing flash density on a given chip. Intel is certainly no slouch in this department of innovation, or at least they are able to keep pace with other players in the industry.
But for their push into petabyte flash capacity, Intel seems to have rethought the rules a bit. Instead of cramming more flash onto a traditional form factor, Intel has put flash into a form factor specifically designed for the data center.
Adam Banks at Ars Technica has a great writeup on how cheap RAM changes storage, and in effect system architecture. Cheap RAM means the ratio of RAM to storage is changing in the database, allowing for more data to be loaded and reducing disk reads. The problem? Well volatile memory is… volatile, not necessarily something […]
Florian Grehl of Virten.net comments: Solid-State-Drives are getting more and more common in ESXi Hosts. They are used for caching (vFlash Read Cache, PernixData FVP), Virtual SAN or plain Datastores. A problem that comes with SSDs is their limited lifetime per cell. Depending on their technology, each cell can be overwritten from 1.000 times in consumer TLC SSDs up […]
Ray Lucchesi of RayOnStorage Blog comments: Flash field experience at Google In a FAST’16 article I recently read (Flash reliability in production: the expected and unexpected, see p. 67), researchers at Google reported on field experience with flash drives in their data centers, totaling many millions of drive days covering MLC, eMLC and SLC drives with a […]
Chris Evans of Architecting IT comments: A recent article on The Register reminded me that we’ve started to see hard drive vendors introducing warranty limits on their hard drives for the amount of data that can be written to them in any one year. Solid state drives have always had this restriction, because we know […]
Andrea Mauro of vInfrastructure Blog comments: Diablo Technologies is a company founded in 2003 that have revolutionize the flash market with their Memory Channel Storage (MCS) solution: a very high performance host flash solution that fit in DIMMs connectors instead to be plugged to PCIe or SAS connectors. An interesting idea, supported by several vendors […]