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Facebook hardware VP and Open Compute chairman Frank Frankovsky

Hard Man of Facebook: We might just eat those cheap TLC flash chips

Micron has built the world's smallest 3-bits per cell NAND chip, targeting USB stick memory and the like, while Facebook's open source hardware guru has indicated such chips could be used in its cloud's data centres providing ultra-cheap flash storage. TLC (Triple-Level Cell) NAND Technology has 3 bits per cell, one more than in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2013

CDOT relatively crap for flash, hyperscalers crap for constant storage

Chief NetApp techie Jay Kidd had some strong words for the flash and cloud crowd at a Wells Fargo event for investors. Among other things, he covered Clustered Data ONTAP and flash and the customer spending slowdown. Not a great fit and a transitory slowdown were the take-away messages. The event was the Wells Fargo Tech …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014
Whiptail INVICTA 30 node

Wanna see a 30D-rack beauty that goes like the clappers?

Whiptail has increased the number of storage nodes in its all-flash array to 30. Whiptail INVICTA 30 node 30-node Whiptail Invicta Up until now, Whiptail's NAND-packed array could have two to six Invicta nodes. Each node can store 6TB to 12TB in MLC flash, allowing each array to contain up to 72TB. The chips can do 650,000 …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2012
P400M

WHOMP! Micron drops middle ground server and storage SSD

Micron has launched the P400M solid state drive targeted at the data centre server and storage array market. With a 7PB written endurance level, it's not an outstanding drive performance-wise, but let's have a look at its overall features. The P400M is a follow-on to the 2011 vintage P400E, an entry-level enterprise SSD …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2013
Cisco Invicta diagram

Cisco quietly slips out new all-flash arrays – perhaps it doesn't want EMC, NetApp to notice

The competition gloves are almost off: Cisco has made available two Invicta solid-state arrays that integrate into the unified computing system (UCS) fabric but are not converged server-storage systems. The two systems, which had a low-key launch on Friday, will compete with Cisco partner EMC’s own XtremIO all-flash arrays. The …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2014
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Seagate: Who us... no flash cred? Check out our PCIe card, suckers

Seagate has opened up fresh fronts in its assault on the flash market and announced SATA and SAS SSDs as well as a PCIe flash card, signalling for the first time in a product sense just how serious it is about becoming a major league flash product supplier. There are basically four products: the 600, 600 Pro and 1200 SSDs and X8 …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2013
Pure Storage F320

HDDs? Array with them... All-flash pusher Pure on its plans for 2014

All-flash array startup Pure Storage claims it is now IPO-sized in revenue terms and boasts of a coming fourfold increase in array capacity. Stifel Nicolaus MD Aaron Rakers hosted a call with Scott Dietzen, Pure's CEO, and circulated the following nuggets about Pure's position in the array market. The Pure Storage roadmap …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2013
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Chip alchemists 'turn cheap silicon into longer-lasting flash'

It's rumoured that Fusion-io has become a NAND alchemist and can turn low-cost MLC flash into faster and longer-lived SLC flash. But why, oh why, would it want to do it? SLC, or single-level cell, flash stores one binary bit per cell and is the fastest form of flash with the longest working life; think 10,000 raw program-erase ( …
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2012
Toshiba 7mm hybrid disk drive slider

Tosh puts slim model on a single-plate diet to create new 7mm mutant

Toshiba has put its hybrid flash-disk drive on a diet - and a new, slimmer device has emerged with just one spinning platter. Toshiba 7mm hybrid disk drive Toshiba's 7mm hybrid disk drive The new MQ01ABFH is a single-plate version of the existing MQ01ABDH, and is available in 320GB and 500GB capacities. The earlier two- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
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Dash for Flash: Seagate in NAND cash splash

You can't even afford to blink in the flash storage business without something big happening. Now Seagate's gone and invested in DensBits, the start-up that aims to make cheap slow NAND perform as well as fast flash. There are three kinds of flash: single-level cell or SLC, with 1 bit per cell, which is fast and long-lived; 2- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2012

Micron: Our flashy girth leaves the competition cowering in impotence

Micron has bragged it has the broadest SSD range in the industry during a July 18 investor call, claiming it outclasses all its competitors from Fusion-io to Toshiba. A slide from the event (registration required) backs this up, although Samsung is now represented in the PCIe area with its NVMe XS1715 SSD - co-incidentally …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2013
Astute ViSX array

Astute still seeking golden ticket into all-flash array party in the cloud

All-flash array start-up Astute is adding NFS access and OpenStack support as it tries to broaden its SMB customer appeal through file and cloud functionality. Astute Networks was founded in 2000 to accelerate TCP/IP networks. After two or three years it transitioned into embedded and military flash systems and then, a few years …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2014
Samsung NVMe SSD XS1715

Samsung lifts lid on 1.6TB flash whopper spaffing data at 3GB/s

Samsung has developed its first NVMe-connected 3,000MB/s solid-state drive (SSD). And it is extending its three-bit-per-cell range of flash storage with a 1TB whopper. NVMe stands for Non-Volatile Memory Express, and is a standardised protocol for applications to access data stored on PCIe-connected SSDs via a software driver. …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2013
DVD it in many colours

Smart has high IOPS for super-fast, smarter SSDs

A super-fast random reading SSD has been launched by Smart Modular Technlogies' spun-off business unit. Smart Modular Technologies (SMT) is becoming a memory seller with Smart Storage Systems (SSS), the new business unit, becoming the solid state drive (SSD) seller. It has been given – among other SSDs – the Optimus solid state …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2012
HAF supported by most HDS arrays

HDS unveils embiggened array: We HAF vays of making you flash

HDS has updated its HAF all-flash array, doubling the size of its proprietary SSDs to 3.2TB and the resulting maximum capacity to 38.4TB. It has picked the week of EMC's XtremIO announcement to release the news. The HUS 150 array has had support for Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage modules added, bringing, HDS claims, " …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2013

EMC tries to snuff out SolidFire before tomorrow's XtremIO-gasm

EMC has readied some XtremIO competitive knock-offs to help the Hopkinton storage giant's reps and channel partners dislodge rival SolidFire from their prospects’ minds. The main knock-off points are: XtremIO utilises an innovative flash specific data protection algorithm providing double failure protection with only 8 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD

Plextor flash gobbles blue pill, promises some long-lasting TLC

Plextor is going to reveal a triple-level cell (TLC) solid-state drive, the world's second TLC SSD, at CeBIT 2013. TLC NAND stores three-bits per cell and is cheaper to make than two-bit MLC or one-bit SLC. TLC chips are also slower at accessing data and have a shorter working life. This has, so far, prevented its adoption by …
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2013

SMART Storage, Diablo brew a wee DRAM of MYSTERY tonic

SMART Storage and Diablo Technologies have promised to glue SMART's flash drives and Diablo's memory-channel storage (MCS) electronics into a combined product. Diablo's website says MCS is "where the memory and flash subsystem are fused together". Well, what does that actually mean? It goes on to say: "MCS will ... allow …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
Violin

Violin veep: Can't talk about our IPO, but hey, we love the channel!

Stephen Rose, Violin Memory's senior vice president for EMEA and Latin America, says Violin Memory is committed to its European channel and and wants to extend the company's field organisation to bring in more business. Violin is currently using 19nm MLC NAND from Toshiba in its 6000-series all-flash arrays. Toshiba foundry …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2013
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Frisky Micron flashes its flash

Flash fab operator and drive supplier Micron is going to rapidly strengthen its server flash offerings, as well as developing its desktop/notebook SSDs. At the moment it offers a single PCIe flash card product, the single level cell (SLC) P320h using 34nm technology. According to a chart presented at a Needham investor …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2011
HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450

HP fleshes out faster, flashier 3PAR storage gear

HP is opening its Discover Conference in Barcelona today with a revved-up deduping backup array; a faster-searching array; and a faster flash 3PAR array: a StoreOnce, StoreAll and StoreQuicker, if you like. We’ll look at the 3PAR arrays first with a second article looking at the updated StoreAll and StoreOnce products. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013
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TMS puts the boot into flash

TMS has given its server flash cards the ability to boot operating systems – so servers can start up faster. The RamSan-20 and -70 are PCIe products are server flash memory cards with 450GB or 900GB respectively of fast, single-level cell NAND storage, offering up to 330,000 sustained 4K random read IOPS, 400,000 random write …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2012

VeloBit beats big boys with SSD caching software – indie benchmarker

Two-year-old SSD software company VeloBit's HyperCache product can make Fusion-io flash run four times faster than SanDisk caching software, at least according to an independent benchmarker. Flash caches run faster the faster you can identify and stuff hot data into them. The Demartek testing organisation compared TPCC …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

Dell's Compellent beats Isilon with 85 per cent fewer nodes

Dell has beaten a 56-node Isilon system's file-serving benchmark performance with just eight nodes - and flash file access punch. The benchmark is the SPECsfs2008 NFS file-serving one and Dell's Compellent system achieved 494,000 IOPS with 8 nodes, each having 12 fast SLC flash drives and 120 slower MLC flash drives; an all- …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2013
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TLC flash gets tender loving care from DensBits boffinry

Israeli upstart DensBits says it can make short-life TLC flash run longer than some long-life MLC rivals because of its fancy adaptive controller tech. TLC (three-level cell) flash stores 3-bits per cell instead of the one found in SLC (single-level cell) and the two found in MLC (multi-level cell) chips. Each additional bit in …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2012
Intel and Micron's 20nm, 128Gb NAND chip

SMART, Micron 960GBs: Safe pair of NANDs or more cloud guff?

SMART Storage Systems and chip maker Micron have each launched new solid-state drives at this week's Las Vegas CES event. Micron, which operates the Crucial and Lexar memory brands, has focussed on what it calls adaptive thermal throttling, which cuts the drive's workload and power consumption if it gets hotter than 65°C. …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2013
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The Great TLC flash cash-slash: Coming soon to tablets, Ultrabooks

SMART recently announced that its controller technology, the Guardian Technology Platform, could get MLC flash to do 50 full drive writes/day for five years. Now SMART's president has said 1Xnm TLC could be driven to 15,000 to 20,000 PE cycles using SMART's Guardian controller technology, representing a 30X - 40X increase – …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2012
ULLtraDIMMs

Upstart chip chef Diablo's DIMM yum dumplings cram NAND in RAM

Canadian storage startup Diablo has pulled out what it hopes will be a PCIe-flash killer: its new tech provides fast flash data access by interfacing a NAND partner's solid-state drives to a host server's memory bus. Diablo, founded in 2003, has invented what it calls Memory Channel Storage (MCS) in which NAND flash is packaged …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2013

SanDisk buys dose of the SMARTs for $307m

SSD supply consolidation is starting to speed up, with SanDisk buying SMART Storage Systems for $307m, representing a nice exit for investment fund Silver Lake, and following on from last week's acquisition of sTec by WD for $340m. Fresh from investing in flash-based cloud gateway startup Panzura, SanDisk is ramping up its …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2013

SolidFire snaps up $31m in funding, brandishes 3.4PB monster

Cloud flash array startup SolidFire has snagged $31 million in C-round funding and revealed a bad-ass flash array delivering up to 7.5 million IOPS - and a claimed 3.4PB capacity. That capacity in SolidFire's SF9010 is after dedupe, compression and thin provisioning have been applied, and with the maximum of 100 nodes ganged …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2013
Intel SSD 335

NAND ho! New Intel and Samsung SSDs heave over the horizon

Intel and Samsung have both pushed out new solid state drives (SSD) to the storage market, and both are promising their kit can provide improved high-speed storage for the server and desktop market. Intel's 335 is a 240GB PC boot disk drive replacement, an update of its 330 - background here - which uses 25nm NAND process …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2012
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New Intel flash hardness performs faster for less

Intel has a new budget 330-series solid-state drive (SSD) coming on Friday, 13 April, according to Amazon and other online bazaars, and it almost doubles the current 320 SSD's performance. Amazon UK lists the 120GB 2.5-inch Intel 330 SSD for £109.05. A Google search on its part number, SSDSC2CT120A3K5, will find dozens of …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2012
WD RE4 Enterprise disk drive

WD to parade flash-disk mutant for Wall St moneybags this week

Western Digital will face investors on Thursday and tell them what the world's new number-one disk drive supplier is going to do to stay at the top. That means products, products and more products. Having acquired Hitachi GST and its enterprise drives, WD can't wait to put competitive pressure on Seagate and dive deeper into the …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

EMC hits flash leader Fusion-io where it hurts: Low-cost server cards

Storage, virtualisation, info and cloud giant EMC is set to widen its attack on server flash card leader Fusion-io by releasing a low-cost flash card for hyper-scale data centres. Server flash card cache coherency is also set to appear for Oracle RAC environments, according to Stifel Nicolas analyst Aaron Rakers, who was at EMC …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2013
Intel 730 SSD

We test Intel's 730 480GB SSD Skulltrail scorcher

While Crucial and Samsung have been making waves in the consumer SSD market with their affordable – well, kind of affordable – 1TB drives, there has been a noticeable silence from one of the giants in the consumer space – Intel. Intel 730 SSD Intel 730 SSD complete with the Skulltrail logo found on its gaming-centric …
Simon Crisp, 03 Mar 2014
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Anobit doubles flash stash

Israeli flash controller startup Anobit has doubled the capacity of its MSP controller and shipped 20 million of the little devils so far. The existing MSP2020 controller supports from 4GB to 128GB of multi-level cell NAND, either 2-bit – which is shipping – or 3-bit, which we understand is not. MSP stands for memory signal …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2011
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Microsoft wants slower flash chips

Microsoft wants slower flash chips that skimp on power use in its big, big data centres. EETimes reports Dileep Bhandarkar, Microsoft's chief architect for global foundation services – he helps design Redmond's massive data centres – saying he doesn't need the highest IOPS NAND. He needs more IOPS than disk systems but wants to …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2011
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Startup's enviable flash stamina 'attracts Apple's gaze'

Apple is rumoured to be considering buying Anobit, a flash controller startup whose signal processing technology makes cheap non-volatile memory as reliable as the more expensive stuff. Anobit's signal massage therapy can entice usable information from old flash cells that other controller technology would write off, thus …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2011
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STEC thrusts fat solid disk with godlike stamina

STEC has launched a super long-life SSD capable of having 33PB written to it over a five-year period. Flash cells wear out and so solid state drives (SSD) have a limited working life as the amount of writing activity mounts up. Multi-level cell (MLC) flash has a shorter working life than single-level cell (SLC) flash. This …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2011
Samsung SSD 840 series

Samsung SSD 840 series storage review

When Samsung launched its first true consumer SSD, the 470, it was met with a generally good reception. Yet the timing of its release pretty much coincided with the arrival of drives using the second generation of LSI’s SandForce controller and its 6Gb/s SATA 3 interface. Hence, the 470 having a 3Gb/s SATA 2 interface was no …
Simon Crisp, 26 Nov 2012
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LSI's Nytro bombshell blows roof off next-gen PCIe flash

LSI has launched its new Nytro rebranding and inadvertently pre-announced upcoming PCIe MLC flash cards. The storage and networking electronics biz is combining its legacy MegaRAID controller cards, WarpDrive SSDs and caching software in a portfolio of Nytro Application Acceleration products, and pushing the idea that PCIe flash …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2012
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Supercomputer flash kings: TLC needs, er, TLC

Here at Hamburg's supercomputer fest, three merchants of flash were plying their wares. What did they think about the chances of 3-layer cell (TLC) NAND, the stuff that's cheaper than MLC but slower and with a drastically shorter working life? Cue shaking of heads and whole stack engagement. The problem is well-known. MLC flash …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2012
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Thought biz would NEVER go for pricey flash storage? Think again

The benefits of flash memory-based solid state drives (SSDs) have long been trumpeted. Better performance, lighter, quieter, lower power consumption and altogether greener than their hard disk drive (HDD) cousins, the only real barrier up until recently was price. One or two years ago SSDs could cost 10 times as much as an HDD. …
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OCZ conquers Everest, flashes 3-bit NAND at world

OCZ is showing the first mainstream computer flash drive using 3-bit NAND at CES 2012. Flash comes in single-level cell (SLC) form, the fastest, longest-lived and most expensive, and also a 2-bit multi-level cell (MLC) variant which is slower, has a shorter working life but is less expensive than SLC. TLC is an extension of this …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2012
ioDrive 2 Duo

How Fusion-io redlined its PCIe flash motor to hit 9.6 MEEELION IOPS

In its latest party trick, Fusion-io ramps up its ioDrive2 server card - a slab of 365GB MLC flash storage on a PCIe board - to gobble 9.6 million writes a second. The feat works by mapping the PCIe card's NAND capacity into an application's memory space and writing 64 bytes - quite likely the PCI backbone's cache line size - at …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2013
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OCZ exposes bulging solid disk for 2012

Happy new year: OCZ expects to ship flash drives with a 50 per cent capacity jump next year, starting shipments in January. It's going to ship 3-bit multi-level cell (MLC or TLC) flash, according to Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers, who was at an OCZ investor presentation last week. TLC flash is inherently slower, less …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2011

EMC: 'Nope', XtremIO won't link to back-end arrays

Not being happy with an interview write-up, EMC VP and Global Marketing CTO Chuck Hollis rewrote it in his blog with what he considered to be the right answers. This provided new information, to us, about EMC's coming XtremIO networked flash storage array. Answering the question if it will be possible to connect disk arrays to …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012
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Shrunken Intel process boosts SSD performance

Intel has announced a boosted follow-on to its 510 SSD: the 520 Series, with more than double the IOPS performance and a top-end model with almost twice the capacity. The 2.5-inch 520 is a client or PC SSD, and is built from 25nm 2-bit MLC NAND; the 510 used a 34nm process. Like the 510, it has a 6Gb/s SATA interface, but its …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2012
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STEC's flash daddy on SSD rivals, NAND and having your OWN controller tech

Mark Moshayedi, CEO of flash pioneer STEC, doesn't think "flash is forever". While his firm is now battling it out in the enterprise solid state drive space, he has a different vision for the future. El Reg storage desk recently met with Moshayedi, where he expanded on the firm's current strategies and explained how it had saved …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2013
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Anobit brings out second generation of Genesis SSD

Anobit's second-generation Genesis solid-state drive has pretty much double the performance of its first-gen sibling. The latest Genesis is a 2.5-inch form factor SSD with either 6GB/s SATA (T series) or 6GB/s SAS (S series) interfaces. In terms of capacity, it's available in 100, 200 or 400GB, as before, but 800GB and greater …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2011