Articles about Project Lightning

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EMC Project Lightning flash cards promised 'this year'

OpenWorld Oracle divulged at OpenWorld that the Project Lightning server flash card is in beta right now, and weighs in at 320GB of capacity in its initial configuration. OpenWorld Gelsinger Lightning EMC's Project Lightning server flash cache This device plugs into a PCI-Express peripheral slot – hopefully a PCI-Express 3.0 slot with …
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Levelling the EMC Lightning playing field

Opinion Here's a blogger saying an open industry standard will not be the best way to level the storage array/server flash card playing field and prevent EMC locking in Project Lightning customers, writes Chris Mellor Certainly he has his own interests here but the general argument is worth paying attention to, in my view. If you …
Ted Sanford, 24 Nov 2011
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Gelsinger pops lid on top-secret EMC Lightning code

EMC's Project Lightning code is being produced by a software team in Israel, using – El Reg thinks – Micron hardware. Project Lightning is EMC's placing of its own PCIe-connected flash memory cache card in servers, with its contents controlled by FAST (Fully-Automated Storage Tiering), which passes data to it from a backing EMC …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2011
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Freak lightning strike sends app, storage servers back in time

Server vendors, prepare for an attack. Lightning strikes are coming - and they're welding app and storage boxes together in a way that reminds El Reg of the mainframe era. EMC's array-controlled server flash initiative, Project Lightning, is getting ready. There may be announcement before Christmas, but it won't be a happy …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2011
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Lightning crashes: How to manage server flash caches

What does it mean for a storage array to manage server flash drives as will happen with EMC's Project Lightning? Let's look at an EMC VNX doing FAST VP (Fully-Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools) tiering of data on the one hand and a VNX supporting connected server flash drives on the other. In-array tiering With in- …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2012
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EMC moves into LSI WarpDrive

LSI WarpDrive solid state drives will be used by EMC in its Project Lightning server flash product. LSI announced the EMC design win in a press release about its 2011 financial results. The SLP-300 WarpDrive is a 100, 200 or 300GB unit using SLC flash and delivering 150,000 random read IOPS (4K blocks), 190,000 random writes …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2012
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EMC, Lenovo, in servers alliance

EMC and Lenovo have announced a partnership that will see the pair create “a server technology development program that will accelerate and extend Lenovo’s capabilities in the x86 industry-standard server segment. These servers will be brought to market by Lenovo and embedded into selected EMC storage systems over time.” The …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Aug 2012
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EMC redefines its flash future

EMC World EMC is starting to bet its primary data farm on flash, announcing multi-level cell flash SSDs for its arrays, all-flash arrays and, in a surprise move, server-side flash integrated with array side flash, code-named Project Lightning. The company has already shipped all-flash arrays to customers who requested such customised …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2011
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Fusion-io revenues flash upwards

Server flash array vendor Fusion-io saw stonking quarterly revenues but disappointed with a loss despite unexpected higher sales. Did it under-price its ioDrive 2 products? Fusion ships PCIe-connected flash memory cards for servers – ranging up to 10TB in size – which store primary data, replacing 15,000rpm disk drives, and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2012
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Server flash cache deathmatch: Bring it

Comment Servers currently get flash caches as a branded supplier's retrofit or through special deals between a server supplier and an OEM source, like Fusion-io. This can't go on and server flash cache is going to become a standard fit item. Servers suffering disk storage I/O bottlenecking can now use PCI-e connected NAND caches as a …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2011
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Momentary Micron skirt-lift reveals big flashy box

Micron is dropping heavy hints about a new enterprise solid-state storage system next Monday. Scott Shadley, a senior manager in Micron's product marketing organisation, has tweeted merrily away, saying: "Wonder what it is that @MicronTechNews and @RealSSD are going to share @ #SDNYC... catch the preso on Monday twitpic.com/ …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2011
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Only an open standard lance can slay EMC's cache demon

Blocks and Files Having EMC storage arrays direct hot data into a flash bank is great, but only if you're happy using EMC's cache gear. Wouldn't it be rather nice if there was an open and widely used server flash interface that could be used by all PCIe flash cards and PCIe flash-using vendors? Suppose QLogic adds a flash cache to its converged …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2011

Arrays assaulted by acceleration appliances

Blog Pesky acceleration appliances are proliferating and saying they can get better I/O out of storage arrays than the arrays themselves. We can imagine the array vendors sighing and saying: "Here we go again. When will these cachers ever learn?" The pitch is that store arrays are being overwhelmed by virtualised servers and there is …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2011
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Fusion-io flash results explode

Fusion-io's first quarterly results since its IPO show revenues exploding, and it is buying IO Turbine for virtual server caching software on the back of that. PCIe interface ioDrive flash memory cards from Fusion-io accelerate server applications because they don't have to wait for data to be fetched from slow and sometimes …
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2011
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Isilon on its separate scale-out reality

Comment Isilon has said it has a NetApp differentiation problem with Sunnyvale's version of scale-out filing conflicting with its own. Meanwhile it is looking appreciatively at deduplication, server flash and running apps on its S-Series. El Reg was briefed by EMC Isilon's marketing VP Sam Grocott. He said Isilon "recorded around 60 per …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2011
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Dell app servers getting flashy

Dell Storage Forum Dell is looking at putting flash in application servers. It will be seen as another tier of storage by EqualLogic and Compellent arrays. Dell storage head Darren Thomas said: "Flash will revolutionise [app] servers. It might be owned by the array. … Both [EqualLogic and Compellent] can write and tier outside the sheet metal." …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2011
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Why should storage arrays manage server flash?

EMC's Project Lightning has a storage array managing flash cache in servers networked to the storage array. Dell is thinking along similar lines. This is supposed to provide better storage service to the servers. Really? How? An enterprise infrastructure architect working in the insurance area got in touch to give me a use case …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2011
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SAP, EMC and VMware in 3-way cloud orgy

SAP, EMC and VMware have signed a three-way deal about a converged EMC-SAP stack running an in-memory analytic database leading to the possibility of SAP HANA running inside VMAX arrays. SAP is the world's leading supplier of enterprise business automation software and its main competitor is Oracle. EMC is the world's main …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2011
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Mr SANRAD, bring me a flash dream, sings OCZ

Sleepless flash drive supplier OCZ, known for constantly spraying out new products, has gone and bought SANRAD for its virtualised server flash cache usage software. OCZ makes two kinds of flash products: solid-state drives (SSDs) and PCIe flash cards. It isn't well-known as a supplier to enterprises but wants to be one. SANRAD …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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NetApp, Wall St is very disappointed in you

NetApp's progress seems to be slowing, as it disappointed Wall Street with lower-than-expected quarterly revenues, although profits were up. The company blamed unexpected weaknesses in some large accounts as it unveiled second quarter revenues of $1.507bn in its fiscal 2012 year. This was 20.5 per cent higher than a year ago ($1 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2011
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Dell building its own Exadata killer

OpenWorld Way back when, before Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, and even before Hewlett-Packard became hardware buddies with Big Red with the original Exadata Database Machine, Dell was Oracle's chosen buddy for running parallel Oracle databases using Real Application Cluster on top of Linux. But now Oracle is in the hardware business, …
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TMS launches RamSan-70 Gorilla

TMS has doubled the capacity of its PCIe flash card and almost tripled its performance. The RamSan-70, code-named Gorilla, has a capacity of 900GB of single-level cell (SLC) flash, twice that of the preceding RamSan-20. Gorilla, using 32nm NAND from Toshiba, is 2.75 times faster than the RamSan-20, half the size, and has a …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2011
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DRAM, Flash in same box named after killer mountain

You can now buy a tiered solid state device with both DRAM and flash because Kaminario has added Fusion-io flash to its DRAM-based K2 storage box. Kaminario introduced its K2 solid state storage device using DRAM last year, competing with DRAM RamSans from Texas Memory Systems. A flash option was quietly introduced earlier this …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2011
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EMC morphs storage arrays into servers

Comment EMC is extending its storage arrays into application engines. Oracle and others, such as start-up Nutanix, have had the idea of bringing stored data closer to the server to reduce network latency and get faster access to data. An additional way of getting much faster data access is to put a load of flash memory into …
Chris Mellor, 02 Sep 2011
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Lumbering STEC struggles to turn corner

STEC shares sank like a stone after it predicted a depressed outlook in its quarterly report. It never really recovered from last year's EMC over-purchase fiasco, and has suffered from over-priced product and missing PCIe flash. The Wall Street Journal had STEC stock down 36 per cent in after-hours trading, touching $10.68. Ouch …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2011
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Arrays take on servers in storage smackdown

Comment There is a battle going on behind the scenes over the location of storage's soul: the controller hardware and software. Oracle, Dell, EMC and VMware want it to be in the server, while NetApp and HDS want it to be in the array, an array operating with servers but distinct from them. The picture is not as clear-cut as this on the …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2011