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Samsung SM1715 3D V-NAND NVMe PCIe SSD

Samsung lays down PCIe server flash gauntlet

Faster, fatter flash cards that speed up server applications are in demand, and Samsung has announced it is mass-producing a 3.2TB NVMe PCIe SSD using its 3D V-NAND technology. It says higher capacities are coming. The SM1715 doubles the previous NVMe SSD XS1715's 1.6TB capacity maximum, and that product used standard 2D planar …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2014
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PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD

WD will demo PCIe-connected disk drives at the Computex tech conference in Taipei, using a SATA Express interface. SATA Express has been enabled with partners, and is offered on Intel series-9 chipset motherboards. WD says it provides a route to faster speeds and lower power consumption. SATA revision 3.2 delivers 16Gbit/s. PCIe …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2014
FlashMAX_III

HGST refreshes $685m flash tech: Go-faster FlashMAX PCIe card

HGST claims it has doubled the price/performance of its FlashMAX PCIe flash card, lowering the maximum capacity and moving to gen-3 PCIe from gen-2. These cards came to HGST when its parent, Western Digital, bought Virident and its FlashMAX II PCIe flash product line in 2013 for $685m. Now we have the updated FlashMAX III line …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2014

PCIe eyes the Internet of (the next big) Things

PCI Express – aka PCIe – is already firmly established as the go-to interconnect of choice in the server, workstation, and PC markets, so the standard's champion, the PCI-SIG, is seeking new worlds to conquer – and where else would it look for new territory than in the buzzmarket du jour, the Internet of Things? "The 'PCI-ness' …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Jun 2014
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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
LSI Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i

Hit the Nytro: LSI's PCIe cards now even faster with SQL Server 2014, says firm after upgrade

Chip-making chappies LSI have added some go-faster SQL 2014 juice to their Nytro PCIe server flash cards. SQL Server 2014 can run in-memory; LSI's updated Nytro cards provide a server with PCIe-connected flash. SQL 2014 has a Buffer Pool Extension feature which puts an, erm, buffer pool extension into flash memory where it …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014

EMC's DSSD rack flashers snub Fibre Channel for ... PCIe

The rack-scale flash array technology EMC gained in its DSSD gobble connects to a server using PCIe. That's according to an interview by Barrons with EMC’s product ops head Jeremy Burton. A DSSD flash vault can fill a rack and hooks into a server using a PCIe connection – actually it need many, many lanes to have a rack o’ flash …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2014
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Bombs away: BiTMICRO dives into enterprise PCIe flash pool

BiTMICRO has entered the enterprise PCIe SSD market with the MAXio E-Series SSD with the best capacity-per-watt among all PCIe SSDs, using less than 30W when active. It has 1.5TB or 3TB of raw capacity and does random reads and writes at 240,000 and 100,000 respectively. The sequential read and write bandwidth numbers are 1.1GB/ …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2014
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Violin Memory axes 100 staff, mulls fate of PCIe flash card biz

Violin Memory is laying off staff and hopes to sell its PCIe flash card business as new-broom CEO Kevin DeNuccio tries to get the storage biz profitable. DeNuccio is dismantling the excesses of the Basile era of Violin Memory and retrenching and refocussing the business on its core market: all-flash arrays. The strategic …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014
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Oracle picks PCIe flash from LSI for flashy next-gen Exadata box

Oracle, a minor database and enterprise software interest of yachtsman Larry Ellison, has picked LSI to supply PCIe flash acceleration cards. LSI’s Nytro-branded cards will be used in Oracle’s Exadata X4 engineered system, what it calls its next-generation Database Machine. The cards have a jointly-developed Oracle LSI software …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014
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PCIe flash card world reshuffled: Violin Memory flogs Velocity

Violin Memory is recovering in sickbay after the flash array company amputated its PCIe card business through a sale announced today and flagged up its drooping revenues in the second half of its fiscal year. Revenues for its first financial 2015 quarter, which finished on 30 April, were $18.1m, 27 per cent down on the same …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2014
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

Cheap, backwards-compatible PCIe 4.0 on track for 2015 2016

Development of the fourth generation of PCI Express – unsurprisingly dubbed PCIe 4.0 – is moving along nicely, but don't expect the final specification to be completed until at least late 2015 or more likely early-to-mid 2016. That's the bad news. The good news is that moving up to the new 16 gigatransfers-per-second standard – …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jun 2014
HGST SSD1000MR

Flash slab lab blab: NVMe-friendly PCIe spotted on HGST's cards

Samsung and Micron have announced NVMe-compatible PCIe flash storage cards - and now hardware from WD subsidiary HGST has been certified as conformant to the specification. The emergence of the three products signals that new tech spec NVMe is becoming the standard way for software to control and efficiently access PCIe- …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2013
A3CUBE's RONNIEE scheme

The SECOND COMING of Virtensys: HPC boffins turn PCIe into in-memory network

HPC boffins at startup A3CUBE have picked up where Virtensys left off and designed a way to use PCIe interfaces to provide direct shared global memory across a network with lower latency and higher scalability than Ethernet, InfiniBand and Fibre Channel. San Jose-based A3CUBE was founded by in 2012 by Emilio Billi, its chief …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2014

Hey, PCIe flash makers. Look behind you - it's Samsung

Samsung is stalking PCIe flash companies and aims to meet them head-to-head. Yes, the South Korean giant is going to enter the PCIe flash card game. According to Peyman Blumstengel, a strategic business development man at Samsung Electronics, the company has PCIe flash cards on its roadmap and products should appear in the …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2013

Array upstart Violin peeks at PCIe cards, goes all in with $172m IPO bid

Storage upstart Violin Memory has publicly filed for an IPO and is seeking $172.5m. The maker of all-flash arrays has handed in its S-1 homework to financial watchdog the SEC; the document reveals it has consistently made losses while revenues have grown over the past three years. Violin Memory year on year ... Sales rising (yes …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2013

The future of PCIe: Get small, speed up, think outside the box

The near-ubiquitous PCI Express interconnect – aka PCIe – is finding its way into mobile devices, working its way into cabling, and is on schedule to double its throughput in 2015 to a jaw-dropping 64 gigabytes per second in 16-lane configurations. So said Ramin Neshati, the Marketing Workgroup Chair of the PCI-SIG, when The Reg …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Samsung wins Apple MacBook contract, starts spitting out PCIe SSDs

Ask not for whom the bell tolls, third-party PCIe flash card suppliers, it tolls for thee. It looks like Samsung, Intel/Micron and SanDisk/Toshiba will be the only ones left standing when this whole PCIe flash clash is over. In the wake of its massive win with a contract to furnish Apple's upgraded MacBook Air as well as the …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013

MacBook Air now uses PCIe flash... but who'd Apple buy it from?

Apple's next iteration of its workstation-class Mac Pro will use PCIe flash memory, as will the new MacBook Air. Cupertino's move towards flash memory could set a precedent other consumer manufacturers may follow. The Mac Pro format changes from a boring rectangular tower, albeit one with alloy handles, legs and mesh screen work …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2013
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Violin Memory shuffles out 'half-price' PCIe flash cards to eager tech channel

Companies with good products can screw up in Europe through inappropriate strategies for the technology channel which sells their products and head-office bureaucracy. A case in point is Violin Memory, at least according to sources in the channel, although they say the situation is improving. Stephen Rose joined Violin Memory in …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013
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
EMC XtremSF

So everyone's piling into PCIe flash: Here's a who's who guide

The PCIe flash card suppliers are heading towards a battle royale: there's too many of them for a commoditising hardware business. There are at least 15 suppliers of PCIe flash cards, gear that tightly couples a wad of non-volatile NAND storage to a computer's backbone: EMC, Fusion-io, IBM-TMS, Intel, LSI, Micron, OCZ, OWC, …
Chris Mellor, 06 Mar 2013
Memblaze

Hey - who wants 4.8 TERABYTES almost AS FAST AS MEMORY?

Chinese flash product supplier Memblaze has launched an almost memory-speed server flash card with a 14 microsecond latency - and up to 4.8TB capacity - for the hyperscale market and open compute project applications, according to a company statement. This is a variant of its existing PBlaze3 card. Speeds and feeds: 750,000 …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2014
LSI_WarpDrive

Flash, bang, wallop: LSI stumbles in quest for PCIe card crown

LSI claimed at the end of August that it was going to be number two in the PCIe server flash business - then its revenues declined in the final three months of 2012. What's going on? The semiconductor biz's sales from the fourth quarter of 2012 were $600m, down four per cent on Q3 that year. Net income fell 27 per cent on Q3 to …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2013
SanDisk Cruzer Pro and Enterprise

SanDisk's so busy adding up its dosh, enterprise PCIe cards slip into 2014

Flash memory biz SanDisk is on a roll with third quarter revenues and income up on both annual and sequential compares. Third quarter revenues in 2013 were $1.63bn, 10 per cent up sequentially, and 28 per cent on the year-ago period. Net income was $277m, also up 6 per cent sequentially and 262 per cent annually. That's also 17 …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2013

LSI thrusts PCIe flash kit even harder

LSI will soon launch third-generation PCIe flash products, which are expected to be faster and hold more data than its existing WarpDrive. The WarpDrive is a second source for EMC's VFCache product; Micron is EMC's primary SSD supplier for that product. The WarpDrive SLP-300 comes in 100GB, 200GB and 300GB capacity points and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2012
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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
Violin Memory PCIe cards

Violin Memory fires PCIe server card salvoes at rival Fusion-io

Flash storage array shipper Violin Memory is bringing out a Velocity line of PCIe server flash cards and strengthening its relationship with investor Toshiba, which owns NAND chip fabs. Violin Memory ships 3000 and 6000 models of its networked all-flash array technology. They can have PCIe connections but the array's primary …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2013

Micron warms up solid hardness, shoves in PCIe hole

It's PCIe flash, but not as we know it. A Micron SSD can now snuggle up as close as it likes to servers because it has been given a server PCIe bus interface. Dell loves the idea. Dell is using the PCIe-interface version of Micron's P320h SSD in its 12G PowerEdge servers. We knew it was using Micron SSDs, which normally have …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2012
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SanDisk snaps up PCIe cacher

Solid state storage supplier SanDisk has bought a PCIe caching software supplier, FlashSoft, equipping it to compete with other caching PCIe flash suppliers such as EMC (VFCache), Fusion-io (directCache and ioTurbine), OCZ (SANRAD), and TMS (Nevex). FlashSoft was privately held and the financial terms are being kept confidential …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2012

Insanely great PCIe 4.0 bit rate locked in

The PCI-SIG has settled on a bit rate for its next-generation PCIe 4.0 interconnect specification, and the winner is – insert drumroll – 16 gigatransfers per second, as expected. "Experts in the PCIe Electrical Workgroup carefully analyzed a number of target bit rates for the next generation of PCIe architecture, taking into …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Nov 2011
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Flash to the Max: HGST, NEC ink SQL Server appliance deal

Japanese server maker NEC's Express5800 servers will soon use HGST FlashMax PCIe flash cards via a reference architecture deal. HGST, a WD company, obtained this product line and technology when Western Digital bought Virident in 2013 for $685m. The servers, said to be intended for the enterprise scale-out server market, will …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2014

Fusion-io opens trenchcoat, flashes cheap PCIe cards

PCIe card-flasher Fusion-io has been talking to financial analysts about killing off its "wasteful" research projects and building OEM momentum for its cost-reduced ioScale card. The message is that costs are about to go down and revenues will climb. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers noted that Fusion is working on a third …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013
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Micron buys PCIe extender Virtensys, backers trouser hefty payout

SSD maker, Flash and DRAM fab operator Micron is buying Virtensys, a startup selling PCIe-sharing appliances Virtensys' VIO 4000 product connects to servers' PCIe busses and enables a group of servers to share PCIe peripherals, such as NICs, HBAs, direct-attached disk drives and PCIe-connected solid state drives (SSDs). Such …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2012
GElsinger and Lightning PCIe card at Oracle OpenWorld

PCIe flashers bash storage networks

A sea change in storage industry thinking is occurring: storage networks are now seen as slowing down access to data. The PCIe flash DAS hare beats SAN and NAS tortoises every day of the week. We can call PCIe flash "storage memory" if we wish, but it's basically very fast direct-access storage, a closely-coupled data bucket. …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 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

PCIe flash riddle of next-gen HP ProLiant record smasher

HP may have a PCIe flash-based gen-8 ProLiant coming that will be a TPC benchmark record-breaker. This tempting nugget of possible news comes from an HP blogger. Your humble El Reg hack was looking into flash usage by HP and came across this claim in an HP Connect blog entitled Gen8 Dynamic Workload Acceleration: Solid State …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2012
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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New PCIe drive chip lives life in the flash lane

Every day widespread industry adoption of PCIe flash drives comes closer - and now storage controller supplier Marvell is launching modules to make building these little beasts a lot easier. Sticking solid-state drives (SSDs) directly onto a server or workstation's PCIe bus reduces data access latency markedly below that of …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012

HGST brings PCM to flash show, STUNS world+dog with 3 MILLION IOPS

In a terrific demo of the wrong technology for the Flash Memory Summit, HGST is showing a PCIe-connected Phase Change Memory device running at three million IOPS with a 1.5 microsecs read latency. Phase Change Memory (PCM) stores binary digits as differing resistance levels by changing the state, or phase, of the chalcogenide …
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2014
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Intel penetrates PCIe flash biz with long-lasting hardness

A little while after its competitors, Intel has come up with its own PCIe flash card, the SSD 910. It is not a speed king, but boy, does it last: five years at 10 full writes a day. The SSD 910 caps out Intel's 300 and 700 SSD ranges. It is a half-height, half-length PCIe gen 2 x8 card storing 400GB or 800GB of 25nm MLC flash, …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2012
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Leaked Intel roadmap reveals PCIe flash kit

Tom's Hardware has reported a leaked Intel storage roadmap that confirms a PCIe flash product is coming, as well as confirming updates across Chipzilla's three flash product families. According to the slide: The 700-series high-end products have a Ramsdale PRQ coming by the end of the year. It is a 200GB or 400GB PCIe card …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2011
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Micron streaks away with PCIe flash

There's fast PCIe flash and then there's Micron's just-announced P320h PCIe flash. PCIe flash is for servers needing minimal I/O delays in fetching data to memory. Instead of having that data on hard disk drives, which have millisecond delivery times, the servers can stir on the cards attached to the PCIe bus and have the data …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2011
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OCZ jumps harder on enterprise PCIe bandwagon

OCZ has announced its third Z-drive refresh in two years, with the Z-Drive R4 going more than four times faster than the first version product. The company has three PCIe flash drives: the RevoDrive is for workstations and NAS servers; the VeloDrive is for small and medium business and system integrators; while the Z_Drive is a …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2011
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Seagate in surprise $450m LSI Flash gobble

Wow! Didn’t see that one coming; Seagate has scooped up the LSI flash business from Avago, rewriting the flash product supply business at a stroke, and speeding the concentration of flash product supply into fewer hands. Avago bought LSI in December 2013 for a cool $6.6 billion. Now Seagate will buy LSI’s flash biz, the …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014
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PCIe flash performance: Your mileage may vary

A Swiss supercomputing centre has found TMS PCIe flash delivers its advertised goods while Fusion-io and Virident do not. Two researchers at the Swiss National Computing Centre (CSCS) looked at the performance of PCIe flash cards from Fusio-io and Virident (pdf) and Texas Memory Systems (PDF). The tests used the open-source FIO …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2011
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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
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Hyper-converged flash appliances are COMING. Here's one I dreamed up earlier...

Hyper-converged server/storage/networking systems use disks for storage. This is a temporary situation and all-flash hyper-converged appliances will come soon. We had a Vulture-ponder about how they might look and dreamed up a new Nutanix box, a high-end one in performance terms which, for the sake of convenience we'll call the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2014
LSI Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i

LSI embiggens MegaRAID flash stash

LSI has doubled the amount of flash on its MegaRAID card to 1.6TB and quadrupled the number of ports to 16 so the mighty little beast can be used to accelerate servers in hyperscale environments. The PCIe-connected Nytro MegaRAID cards combine a RAID controller with on-board flash and caching software to provide faster access to …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2014