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Flash to the future: Memristors, photonics, MLC-y tsunami

For a non-volatile storage medium flash development sure is volatile, as attendees at a distributor conference found out. Aaron Rakers, managing director of analysts Stifel Nicolaus, attended the conference and sent out a despatch from it that contained a mouth-watering array of tit-bits. The distributor had suppliers of hybrid …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2013

Plextor joins titans of MLC flash at the 90,000 plus club

Plextor has joined OCZ and SMART in the 90,000+ club, the providers of elite MLC SSDs that exceed 90,000 random read IOPs per second. Fast single-level cell (SLC) flash is used to drive SSDs at speeds beyond 100,000 IOPS doing random reads of 4K data blocks. Multi-level cell (MLC) flash, with 2 bits per cell, is slower, shorter- …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2012

SMART's new SSD wrings extra juice from MLC flash

SMART has introduced a solid state drive that can do 50 full drive writes a day for five years using consumer-grade MLC flash; that's 89,000 P/E cycles and a 50X jump up from the raw NAND rate. The new product is the Optimus Ultra Plus: a 2.5-inch, 6Gbit/s SAS SSD that has the same performance numbers – 500MB/sec dual-port read …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2012
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GridIron jiggles MLC flash box, penetrates million IOPS barrier

A start-up called GridIron says its MLC flash technology has broken though the million IOPS barrier, leaving existing products maxing out at 800,000 IOPS behind. Multi-level cell (MLC) flash is cheaper and slower than single level cell (SLC) NAND. Some SLC flash array products reach the million IOPS mark: the TMS RamSan-630 and …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2012

Samsung's 3-bit MLC NAND

Samsung Electronics has announced the industry’s first mass-production of 3-bit multi-level cell (MLC), 64Gbit flash using 20nm-class technology. Enjoy the lead while it lasts Samsung; it won't be long. There are two other suppliers with 64Gbit NAND chips coming. IMTF announced a 3-bit MLC 64Gbit chip using a 25nm process in …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2010
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TMS buckles up first MLC flash product

News from the flash front: TMS has a more affordable small flash SAN product that's higher capacity than the RamSan 710 speed rocket. The multi-level cell (MLC) RamSan-810, has MLC flash replacing the faster single-level cell (SLC) in the 710 which was announced in June. TMS has its RamSan-630 product for large SANs, the 710 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2011

STEC's magic MLC sauce

STEC, IBM and EMC's favourite enterprise flash drive supplier, says it has cracked the multi-level cell (MLC) flash conundrum, making it a viable enterprise choice by dealing with its poor write endurance and reliability. STEC made its name with its single-level cell (SLC) flash technology, which, with one data bit per cell, …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2010
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Samsung hops onto MLC roundabout

Samsung is sampling its first enterprise multi-level cell (MLC) flash, with a pretty high performance solid state drive, and hopping onto a roundabout already crowded with other suppliers such as Anobit, OCZ, Pliant and STEC. The product comes in a 2.5-inch form factor, in 100, 200 and 400GB capacity points, and with a 3Gbit/s …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2010
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Diablo: Get a load of this, PCIe flash-floggers. It's DIMM fine stuff

Diablo has a devilish message for PCIe flash users and suppliers; we’re coming to get you with better, faster, more consistently performing technology. Diablo provides Memory Channel Storage (MCS) technology to SanDisk’s subsidiary SMART Storage. It’s OEMed on to Supermicro and also IBM (soon to be Lenovo) for its x86 servers as …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2014
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Violin plays 40TB MLC fiddle

Violin Memory has introduced a 40TB capacity flash memory array for enterprises that uses multi-level cell (MLC) NAND and costs less than $16 per GB. MLC flash, which uses 2-bits per cell in this application, is slower and cheaper than the single-level cell (SLC) flash used in most enterprise flash drives, such as those from …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2010
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Pliant does MLC flash

The march of MLC flash into mainstream enterprise storage took another step forward today as Pliant launched its Enterprise Flash Disk (EFD) products. Pliant is a startup focused on competing with industry leader STEC to supply solid state drives (SSD) as hard disk drive replacements for storage arrays, where they provide a top …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2010
Samsung gen 2 3D V-NAND SSD

Samsung, with this new 3D NAND SSD, you're really spoiling us ... or perhaps a rival?

We’re making it, but we’re not going to tell you much about it. That's more or less what Samsung has to say about its second-generation 3D V-NAND and the flash drives the tech is going into. As the name suggests, 3D V-NAND is made up of layers of flash cells stacked one on the other to increase storage capacity without …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2014
PSS PCIe card

IBM chip boffins mix phase-change-flash cocktail: Voila! SUPER fast memory card

IBM has gone and surprised us all with a pretty good Phase Change Memory product research and demo effort: a hybrid PCM/NAND server flash card that has at least 12 times lower latency than an enterprise PCIe flash card. The hybrid card, Big Blue claims, completed 99.9 per cent of 32-sector write requests each within 240 …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2014

OCZ and Toshiba drive out new RETAIL SSD line with Barefoot controller

Bankrupt hardware maker OCZ, whose assets are being bought by Toshiba, has a Vertex 460 enterprise SSD device in the pipeline, with a preview of it being shown at CES in Las Vegas. According to The SSD Review the Vertex 460 features: 120, 240 and 480GB capacity points Up to 95,000 random read IOPS Up to 550MB/sec sequential …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2014

'Leaked Intel roadmap' promises... er, gear that could die after 7 months

Storage community website Myce has posted copies of what it claims are leaked Intel SSD roadmap slides, which show two data centre and one professional user SSD products coming in spring 2014. Fultondale, or the DC P3700, is a data centre-class SSD built from high endurance (HET) 20nm MLC flash an with capacities of 200GB, 400GB …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013
FA-420

Hey, who wants a 40TB all-flash Pure box? I dunno, you got $160k?

Pure Storage has given birth to two more all-flash arrays, and updated its storage software by adding data protection features. The FlashArray FA-400 line has had an FA-405 entry-level product and an FA-450 high-end model added to the existing FA-420, creating a three-model range. The FA-405 has up to 40TB of "usable capacity …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2014
Toshiba PX03SN SSD

Toshiba tweaks SSD model: She's flashy, but she's not dense ENOUGH

Toshiba has rebuilt a 1.6TB SSD originally made with 24nm flash cells and used denser 19nm flash, generating better read performance at the expense of write speed – it wasn't quite made of the write stuff, so to speak. The PX02SM is - was - a 200GB - 1.6TB SSD for enterprise read-intensive applications made from the aforesaid …
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2013
Samsung PM835T TLC SSD

Hey, Samsung: Why so shy about your 960GB flash drive's endurance?

Samsung has gone and used cheap-to-make triple-level cell NAND chippery to make an SSD for data centre use. Will it catch on? Triple-level cell (TLC) flash chips mean fabs can extract more flash capacity from a silicon wafer, and so production costs are lower than for two-level cell MLC technology. Samsung says it gets "a 30 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014

Micron flashes flashy 16-nanometer flash memory

Boise, Idaho–based memory maker Micron has announced that it is now sampling 16-nanometer 128-gigabit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips. Micron 128-gigabit multi-level cell NAND Flash memory device You can't make storage subsystems any smaller than this – yet "Our customers continually ask for higher capacities …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jul 2013
LSI SandForce SF3700

What took you 2 years? LSI finally rolls out next-gen SandForce kit

LSI has finally brought the drawn-out development process for the next generation SandForce controller to a close. It now has third-generation controllers supporting four times bigger flash drives and both PCIe and SATA interfaces from a single ASIC. Bye-bye SAS. LSI bought SandForce for its controllers two years ago. These …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2013
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Anobit breaks MLC flash barrier

Israeli startup Anobit reckons it has the technology in its Genesis enterprise SSDs to make flash storage practicable for all tier one data. Flash solid state drives (SSD) are being used for the storage of the most active tier one data in storage arrays as they provide the IOPS needed without the expense of having a large number …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2010
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Fine print: Dell bod tells us the details of Fluid Cache for SAN

Fluid Cache for SAN is Dell’s technology to integrate server PCIe flash cards and networked SAN storage. We talked to Bob Fine, director of product marketing at Compellent to find out more about how it works. El Reg: Is Compellent's Storage Center (Data Progression functionality) loading data into the connected server's PCIe …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014
Micron RealSSD

Chipper chipmaker Micron shows off boosted bottom line – gee, thanks, Elpida

Memory chipmaker Micron Technology – still riding high on the announcement that its on-package memory will bolster Intel's "Knights Landing" processor – has announced what appear to be cheery results today. Its fiscal 2014 quarter revenues were $3.98bn, 3 per cent lower than the second quarter of fiscal 2014 but a whopping 72 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2014
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Shocking new low for SanDisk – 15nm flash chips rolling out its fabs

SanDisk has powered up the smallest NAND process in the industry, 15nm, meaning it should be able to get more working flash chips from each silicon wafer – and thus lower its costs. It's calling this technology "1Z", as 1X is below 20nm, and 1Y is between that and 15nm. These alphabetic suffix boundaries are not standard, and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014
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Flash card latency: Time to get some marks on benches

Fusion-io flash cards outperformed a slew of competitors in a Marklogic NoSQL benchmark reported by StorageReview - for which much thanks. The benchmark rig is detailed in the article text and it notes that tested storage configs must have a more-than-650GB usable capacity, meaning individual flash devices can be bunched up. …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2013
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Have you heard the one about Goldilocks and the Micron hardwares?

Micron has brought out a middle-of-the-road flash drive for data centres – a Goldilocks product in other words: neither too hot, not too cold, too big, too small. You get the picture. The M500DC uses 20nm MLC NAND, and comes in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 800GB capacities. It seems to be a reworked version of the M500 and M550 …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2014

Good news for gamers who don't leave the house: SanDisk debuts 24/7 Extreme PRO SSD

Gamers are told to take note: SanDisk has souped its Extreme line of SATA interface consumer SSDs to the Extreme PRO – which has doubled capacity, slightly increased speed and an eye-catching 10-year warranty. Last year's Extreme II featured a maximum of 480GB of capacity, random read/write speeds of 95,000/75,000 IOPS (4K), …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2014
Samsung's mass-produced 3D vertical NAND (V-NAND) chip, in package

Samsung's amazeballs 3D V-NAND SSD not THAT much better than predecessor

El Reg asked Samsung how the 3D V-NAND SSD's speed compared with the same company's SM843T 960GB SSD, a high-performance SSD used in data centres and servers released just a few months ago. The reply may surprise some hardened storage veterans. 3D V-NAND, announced on 7 August, stacks layers of NAND vertically to increase the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2013
Optimus Prime Transformer toy

It's here, the 4TB FLASH drive: SanDisk rips sheet from the Optimus MAX

SanDisk has announced a new 4TB flash drive, double the capacity of the biggest solid-state drive available today. The 4TB Optimus MAX – which sounds like the big bad brother of an Optimus Prime toy – follows the 2TB Optimus Eco, a technology SanDisk acquired when it bought SMART Storage. The new SSD can take three full drive …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014
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HGST polishes Ultrastar SSD whoppers, stuffs with denser Intel flash

HGST has refreshed its Ultrastar enterprise SSD line, using denser 20nm NAND to replace the previous 25nm flash, doubling capacity, upping read performance but lowering write performance a tad in the process. The starting point was a three-product Ultrastar SSD800 line-up, maxing out at 800GB and coming in MH (write-intensive), …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2014
Nuke blast

Facebook, are you listening? Fusion-io chucks 6.4TB 'Atomic' flash kit at world

PCIe-card flasher Fusion-io has a new piece of ioMemory hardware and is calling it the Atomic Series. This third-generation architecture product stores up to 6.4TB. The existing ioScale card stores 3.2TB of data. That’s made using 2Xnm class MLC NAND (29-20nm). Fusion says the new card is faster, maybe twice as fast as the …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2014
Crucial MX100 SSD

Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

Micron subsidiary Crucial has caused huge waves in the consumer SSD market with its low-cost M500 drive range – and then gave its competitors further aggravation with its M550 series refresh this year. It’s only been about three months since the M550 launch but Crucial is back with a new range of drives to cause further mayhem, …
Simon Crisp, 17 Jun 2014
Intel DC P3700

My my, Intel, that's one speedy NVMe flash card you have there

Intel has produced three blazing fast PCIe flash cards using NVMe – and that should upset the PCIe flash applecart nicely. Intel DC P3700 Intel DC P3700 NVMe is a standard way of accessing non-volatile memory, meaning host operating systems need only have a single standard driver instead of specific drivers for each supported …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2014
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Violin's arrays play in Concerto - but they can't hit the dedupe notes yet

In a major architectural extension Violin Memory has revealed its new Concerto 7000 array. This uses Violin's existing 6200 hardware and gives it a separate high-availability controller front end, with software to provide business continuity, data management and protection features - but not deduplication. Let’s just recap …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2014
Easter Egg

Violin plays storage world like a fiddle, 140 characters at a time

Violin Memory's flash array fightback starts with a present from the Easter bunny: a whole new array. Violin, you will recall, lost CEO Don Basile after its IPO was followed by deepening losses and falling share prices. Incoming CEO Kevin DeNuccio has stabilised the ship, refocussed engineering and recruited new executives, one …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
Tegile Zebi chassis

Hybrid flash mutant Tegile: ARRAY with Dell, we say... 100 times

Hybrid flash-disk array tin-meister Tegile claims its hardware has replaced more than a 100 Dell Compellent arrays at customer sites. The Zebi array, given analyst firm DCIG’s top “Best in Class” accolade in its 2013 Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide, uses flash for performance data and disk for less performance sensitive data …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2013
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Toshiba unveils SSD: Claims hard-as-nails kit has the write stuff

Toshiba has tweaked the design of its PX02SS flash drive so it can sustain 30 full drive writes a day for five years through a 12gig SAS interface. This SSD is made from Tosh’s 24nm enterprise-class NAND (eNAND) and comes in 100GB, 200GB, 400GB and 800GB capacity points. The 30 drive writes/day stat applies to all models. It …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2013
Samsung 3D V-NAND SSD

Samsung's cooking 3D NAND flash chips. WHAT did you say the specs were?

Samsung has launched its first 3D V-NAND SSD but hasn't yet released any real performance data, bringing its new product's status into question. 3D V-NAND, announced on 7 August, stacks layers of NAND vertically to increase the capacity available in a set footprint. It is a way of getting over the progressively shorter working …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2013
XtremIO array and 4 X-Brick nodes

XtremIO dear: Dell brags of being cheapest of the big flash four

As EMC prepares for its 14 November launch of its all-flash XtremIO box, Dell has put out a analyst paper explaining that on price – which is what counts in the expensive all-flash storage world – it is the bossdog of flash arrays. Michael Dell’s privately owned biz points to an ESG technical lab validation (PDF) that compares …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2013
M.2-and M SATA form factors

Cold storage, Facebook style? Flash FPGA controller to knock your SoCs off, vows upstart

Startup NxGnData Stepping onto the flash controller stage from its stealth phase comes with an FPGA-based SoC promising hyperscale cold data storage using cheap, short-life TLC flash and in-situ processing. NxGnData NxGnData home page Its home page promises: In-Situ processing for computational data, EndExt with advanced …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2014
SMART Optimus SSD

SanDisk coughs to powering Kaminario's SPC-1 smackdown

Surprise, surprise: Kaminario's SPC-1 topping K2 flash array used SSDs from enterprise-supplying newbie SanDisk. Actually they were probably SMART Storage Systems' SSDs at the time Kaminario selected them, as SanDisk only bought SMART this summer. The Kaminario supply deal probably helped SanDisk in its July decision to buy …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013

Micron posts first quarterly profit for two YEARS

Hip hip hooray! Flash and memory fab operator Micron has made a quarterly profit, its first for eight quarters. Micron saw revenues of $2.3bn in its third fiscal 2013 quarter, ended 30 May 2013. This was agreeably larger than the previous quarter's $2.1bn and also the year-ago quarter's $2.2bn. Last quarter it made a loss of $ …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
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Samsung flogs slim, flashy new model: Protection included

Samsung has upgraded its SM843 server-level SSD, doubling its capacity and tripling its endurance. The new SM843T SSD also has power-loss protection for the most recent data and AES-256 bit encryption. This is a 2.5in form factor SSD using 2-bit MLC flash. As server and data centre SSDs, the SM843 has capacities of 120GB, 240GB …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2013
Intel DC S3500

Intel bakes smaller, slower flash memory. Aah, now that's progress

Intel has produced a solid-state flash drive, the DC S3500, using a 20nm process - potentially replacing the DC S3700 and its 25nm tech. In NAND technology-land a 20nm process means you get get more NAND dies out of a silicon wafer than if you use a 25nm process, which is more chips to flog and more cash in the bank. The S3500 …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2013
SanDisk 4GB Micro SDHC

SanDisk surfs cash tsunami on biz SSDs: Prelim nice, but DIMM?

SanDisk is on a revenue roll, with the first quarter of 2014 showing a 62 per cent profit rise on an annual compare, driven by rising enterprise SSD sales. For the first three months of the year [prelim report PDF], to March 30, SanDisk revenues were $1.51bn; they were $1.34bn a year ago, meaning a 13 per cent uptick, although …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2014

Dell's new Compellent will make you break down in tiers... of flash

Dell thinks its Compellent arrays will be more compelling with automated tiering extended to different types of flash, policy-driven deduplication and namespace expansion added to the filesystem, and more drives in a smaller space. The storage boxes' new Storage Center 6.4 software can handle flash tiering and distinguish …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2013
The new Dell SC4020 array

Dell pivots to Asia with frugal flasher

Dell has revealed a new array – the SC4020 – and an aggressive plan to go after pure-play flash array vendors with a promise it will sell for under $US100,000. The SC4020 is, according to Dell storage supremo Alan Atkinson, a shrunken Compellent array. That's shrunken in a good way: everything Compellent arrays and Dell's Fluid …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2014
ViSX Astute Networks

Astute: Hey small biz, you too can afford speedy flashy goodness

Astute has announced a lower-cost MLC flash version of its ViSX flash-based storage accelerator, saying it's good for small and medium enterprises because it costs about the same as the disk drive arrays they're buying on a $/GB basis. The ViSX Performance Storage Appliance uses hardware TCP/IP and iSCSI acceleration with its …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2013

Dell: New storage dish? Nah - we'll just mash up EqualLogic and Compellent

Steady adaptation, no new products and no super-niche specialisation please: these were the three takeaways El Reg storage desk retrieved from a briefing with Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager at Dell Storage. The impression we gained was that Dell is set on expanding its mainstream enterprise storage offering's …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2013
Toshiba OCZ Z-Drive 4500

Toshiba baby OCZ flings open coat, bares PCIe flasher to world

New Toshiba subsidiary OCZ has a new PCIe flash card, the Z-Drive 4500, complete with solid enterprise credentials - and none of the Ryan Petersen era hype. That era produced the Z-Drive R5 with a notional 3 million IOPS and 12TB of capacity. That product has disappeared from the OCZ roster and we now have the new Z-Drive 4500 …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014