Articles about Ssd


Flash reaches the enterprise tipping point

Comment The use of disk drives to store performance data for enterprises is declining and, flash drives - SSDs - are taking their place. A wave of all-flash array (AFA) to disk array migration is starting to wash across data centres as generations of disk drive arrays give way to ones built with NAND flash drives. The tipping …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
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Open-source storage that doesn't suck? Our man tries to break TrueNAS

Review Data storage is difficult, and ZFS-based storage doubly so. There's a lot of money to be made if you can do storage right, so it's uncommon to see a storage company with an open-source model deliver storage that doesn't suck. I looked at TrueNAS from iXsystems, which, importantly, targets the SMB and midmarket with something …
Trevor Pott, 18 Oct 2016
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Something strange stirs in the storage backwater swamps, long ribbons of rust that never forget

At one end of the storage spectrum is fast and flashy SSD storage and at the other – still – is tape; streaming ribbons of rust that are cheaper and more reliable than disk, and still selling for on-premises and off-site archive data storage. Long-time tape library and drive supplier Quantum has brushed up its library offering …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2016

Fresh from 1,800 job cuts, Fujitsu boasts of spinning rust-killing flashy boxen

Fujitsu's second-generation all-flash ETERNUS arrays are poised, priced and positioned to replace disk storage arrays in serving primary data to servers, it says. Fujitsu's first generation flash arrays, the DX 200 S3 and the earlier DX600 S3* are being succeeded by the ETERNUS AF250 and AF650. The top-of-the-range 5U AF650 …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2016
Windows Server 2016, now with Windows 10 desktop

First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

Review Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016, complete with container support and a brand new Nano Server edition. What is the essence of Windows Server 2016? First, a quick look at the context. Server 2016 follows the same pattern as previous releases, in that it follows a new release of the Windows desktop operating system, in …
Tim Anderson, 12 Oct 2016

WD flashes first SanDisk drives: Blue and Green

WD has produced Blue and Green branded SATA SSDs, based on SanDisk technology, with these brands having been used for WD disk drives previously. The Green brand is for secondary storage, being reliable, cool and eco-friendly whilst Blue products are built for PC primary storage use. Other WD brand colours include Black for …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2016
Shouting match

Desktop budget wrangles: Whose device is it anyway?

“Giving away budget never felt so good." Those were the words of an IT manager attending one of our roundtables recently. But why was he so happy about losing control of a chunk of his IT funding? The topic of the roundtable was end user computing, and he was explaining how the annual budget negotiations around desktop …
Dale Vile, 12 Oct 2016
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Dell-EMC races to add and extend flashy bits into its boxen

Dell EMC is driving full tilt to extend flash support and lower costs in its storage array hardware and software product set, with in-line compression, high-capacity SSD support and the spinning off old data to the cloud. Data Domain arrays get a speed boost with metadata storage in flash, and an effective capacitty boost with …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2016

SSDs in the enterprise: It's about more than just speed

Enterprise solid state drives are gaining traction, but their predominant focus is still performance. The need for speed has driven SSDs into applications where HDDs previously reigned, but for those of us who aren’t high-frequency traders, solid state will need to demonstrate some other benefits. What are they, and how …
Danny Bradbury, 11 Oct 2016
Micron 9100 NVMe HHHL SSD

Little top tech tip: Take care choosing your storage drives

Sysadmin Blog RAID is dead. Or maybe it's not. I think it might be off having a conversation with a cat in a box. Regardless of whether or not you use hardware RAID cards or HBAs and some kind of software, the idea of big boxes full of drives that store lots of things isn't going away any time soon. The drives you put in them, however, are …
Trevor Pott, 10 Oct 2016

Everspin's Friday IPO goes pop: Moderate amount of champagne all 'round

Everspin has spun out its IPO; it offered 5 million shares at an estimated $8 a pop to rake in an estimated $40m, with shares starting trading on Friday October 7, opening at $9.10 and currently trading at $8.02. Not a disaster then. The magneto-resistive RAM startup has pulled in total funding of $80.3m since it was founded …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2016

Micron scrambling up wall of revenues pit

Micron has reversed its downward trend and pulled off a fourth fiscal 2016 quarter with increased revenues and decreased losses. The mainly DRAM and flash foundry company reported revenues of $3.22bn, up 11 per cent on the preceding quarter but 11 per cent down on the year; there is still a ways to go. The net loss was $170m, …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2016

Kaleao's KMAX ARM-based server has legs. How fast can it run?

Kaleao is a startup developing ARM-based servers and hyper-converged appliances under a KMAX brand. Its marketing-speak says it has a “true convergence” approach, it involves “physicalization” and there is a “microvisor” – oh dear, what does this mean? The KMAX product comes in server and appliance forms. The servers use 64- …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2016

Why XPoint SSDs won't meet original speed claims: A guide

Comment Objective Analysis analyst Jim Handy has come up with a theory which he claims explains why Intel and Micron’s 3d XPoint memory will not meet its original performance claims. As Intel marketing droids have said, there is a difference between raw media access latency and SSD product access latency. Handy takes a (heh heh) handy …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016
Toshiba SG5 M2

M.2 SSD drive format is under-rated. So why no enterprise arrays?

Blog So the latest Samsung M.2 format drives have now hit the market. In something similar to a DIMM format, you get up to 2TB of capacity and read/write speeds of 3.5Gbit/s and 2.1Gbit/s respectively. I’ve mentioned these devices in a few recent presentations as I think the potential for such small devices could be enormous. But why …
Chris Evans, 29 Sep 2016
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Wow, still using disk and PCIe storage? You look like a flash-on victim, darling – it isn't 2014

Comment For generations of PowerEdge, ProLiant, UCS and other x86 servers, the future has been fairly simple: more powerful multi-core processors, more memory, more PCIe bandwidth and shrink the space and electricity needs. For example, a Gen8 ProLiant DL3603 server had 1 or 2 Xeon E5-2400/2400 v2, with 2/4/6/8/10 cores, and 12 x DDR3 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016
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Seagate Beijing demo

Seagate is showing off its NVMe over Fabrics storage system technology at the Beijing Open Data Centre Summit. The summit is open today and Seagate will show a range of its SSD and HDD products, such as its 60TB SSD and Nytro brand NVMe flash drives. The NVMe over Fabrics demo will provide millions of IOPs and “extremely low …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016

NetApp is hyped about its under-wraps hyper-converged system

Albeit late to market, NetApp is developing a hyper-converged infrastructure product, The Register has learned. We're told that NetApp will sell this new gear to ensure the company is not late to the next big inflection point in the storage market: storage-class memory (SCM). Speaking to El Reg from NetApp’s Insight event in …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016

NetApp facelift: FAS hardware refresh and a little nip ONTAP

NetApp has comprehensively refreshed its all-flash FAS and hybrid FAS arrays, adding performance, capacity and scalability upgrades, and supporting 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel and 40GbitE connectivity. ONTAP also gets upgraded, with Azure support for ONTAP Cloud This follows on from the E-Series launch of the entry-level all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016

Intel XPoint over-selling criticism surges as Chipzilla hits back

You might have noticed that El Reg has suggested Intel and Micron’s non-volatile XPoint memory claims are a tad overblown – for example here and here. Now Charlie Demerjian is giving Intel a good kicking in SemiAccurate, alleging the original claims were inaccurate and that “Intel’s Xpoint is pretty much broken”. For example, …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2016

Seventeen hopefuls fight for the NVMe Fabric array crown

Comment A new phase of disruption is hitting the performance data storage array market, giving new, old, startup and struggling all-flash array vendors a shot at making it big by using NVMe flash drives and NVMe Fabric-class connectivity to provide direct-attached SSD performance from external arrays. The charge is being led by Dell- …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2016

Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

Lenovo has denied locking its Signature Edition PCs exclusively to Windows 10 under orders from Microsoft. A Reddit thread this morning accuses Microsoft and Lenovo of conspiring to prevent the installation of non-Windows operating systems on the Chinese goliath's PCs at the firmware level. Linux fans vented on the message …

OpenIO wants to turn your spinning rust into object storage nodes

Frog object storage startup OpenIO is banging on with supporting Seagate’s Kinetic disk drives, and has certified its software on the drives in a Kinetic Plugfest. Ethernet-addressed Kinetic disk drives implement a Get, Put-based object storage facility at the drive level and, Seagate says, this allows accessing systems to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016
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Avere builds on-premises object store all smothered in NAS

NAS accelerator and cloud storage gateway shop Avere has got itself its very own on-premises NAS system wrapped around an object storage core with a passage to the public cloud. Up until now, Avere has focussed on accelerating data access to on-premises filers and, latterly, cloud or object stores. Now it is providing its own …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2016
Mr Freeze

Ice to see you! Windows 10 fix for freezing PCs finally flung at folks

Microsoft has finally patched its Windows 10 Anniversary Edition to hopefully stop it from freezing some PCs. A bunch of unlucky folks hit the rocks as soon as they installed the anniversary upgrade, and duly lit up Microsoft's support boards. It appears if you have multiple logical drives with app data stored on one of them, …
Iain Thomson, 01 Sep 2016

Crashing PC sales don't stop HP Inc releasing two new ones

HP Inc has announced two new PC desktops: the miniscule and modular Elite Slice, as well as the new Toblerone of IT, Pavilion Wave, as a domestic entertainment machine. Elite Slice is HP’s smallest desktop. A 6.5" square, it stands only 1.38 inches tall, at least before you add the stackable modules, and is cooled by a 360- …
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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

Floppy disk sales have, well, flopped but there are still masses of PCs and old embedded PC-based systems out there with floppy disk slots and drives. Now this near-dead space can be made usable again, with a 32GB FLOPPYFlash drive from Solid State Disks Ltd. It's a drop-in replacement for a floppy disk drive and takes …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2016
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VMware Vannounces Vlots Vof Very Vnew Vstuff Vat VMworld

VMworld saw EMC making a series of supportive announcements related to VMware. Panzura added cloud storage gateway facilities to all-flash arrays and hyper-converged products while QLogic focussed on links to NVMe drives and NVME over Fabrics technology. Storage is getting easier for VMware admins and users to use while also …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2016
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Here's the relevant bits from VMworld, sliced and diced just for you

VMworld Here's part one of our three-part round-up of what's hot and what's not from VMworld 2016. Axcient announced v 1.5 of Fusion, its consolidated secondary storage in the cloud offering, with new cloud orchestration and workflow automation capabilities. The company claims it provides complete IT resilience and agility from the …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2016

Samsung's million-IOPS, 6.4TB, 51Gb/s SSD is ... well, quite something

VMworld Samsung is showing off a monster million IOPS SSD that can pump out read data at 6.4 gigabytes per second and store up to 6.4TB. NVMe PCIe is the fastest SSD interface, blasting SAS and SATA out of the park and the early promise of Fusion-io is now being realised with 3D NAND PCIe flash drives. The PM1725a [PDF] comes in both …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2016

Tegile gets IntelliFlash into a cluster duster

Tegile is launching its all-flash, clustered, IntelliFlash CP (Cloud Platform) at VMworld 2016. This is a rack-scale system for large enterprises looking to set up a private cloud and, Tegile says, involves multi-controller clusters and NVMe. Individual systems are clustered together with a single global namespace. They will …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2016

Sunny, summery Intel slips out six flashy 3D NAND SSDs

Intel has introduced six new SSDs using 3D NAND technology, with two client products, two data centre drives and two embedded Internet of Things drives. Chipzilla says these are the first of many utilising 3D NAND technology and we expect some of the existing 2D (planar) NAND drives to fall out of favour and be retired. The …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016

A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD

The mysterious Samsung Z-SSD was announced at the Flash Memory Summit, and positioned as a DRAM-NAND gap-filler. This makes it competition for XPoint. We asked Samsung about it, and here is what we learnt. El Reg: Is it NAND media? Samsung: We believe that Z-SSD, which is based on NAND technology, can fill the performance …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016
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Never heard of NxGn?

Now you'll have to learn a new name for "in-situ" processing SSD developer (formerly NxGn Data), which has dubbed itself NGD Systems. NxGn Data is a startup developing an enterprise SSD that can apply compute to the data it holds, dubbed "In-Situ" processing. The SSD uses TLC flash, has high capacity, and because compute is in …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Plexistor unveils storage-stack-perplexing PMoF tech

Plexistor has unveiled specs on its Persistent Memory over Fabric (PMoF), which it says gives app servers access to disaggregated persistent memory in fabric-connected PM Bricks. Plexistor’s software-defined memory combines DRAM and flash in one memory address space to deliver a higher “memory” capacity with persistent storage …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2016
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He's a p0wnball Wizard, and he's twisted one Ubuntu-powered game

Security pro Mark Lachniet has stamped himself as a p0wnball wizard by cracking a commercial pinball machine. Lachniet, who goes by the handle “Bede”, was able to crack a pinball titled The Hobbit. Detailed here, the hack saw Bede find his way inside the Jersey Jack production. Inside he found a Celeron-powered PC running …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2016

Wanna build your own drone? Intel emits Linux-powered x86 brains for DIY flying gizmos

IDF16 Intel has a bunch of new and updated hardware kits for engineers to toy with and use to build prototypes – from a DIY drone kit to a bunch of beefy Internet of Things packages. The most interesting is the Aero drone-building kit, available now to order. You use this single-board computer as the control electronics in a …
Chris Williams, 17 Aug 2016

Intel's Optane XPoint DIMMs pushed back – source

In the week of Intel's Developer Forum we have heard its Optane XPoint SSDs and DIMMs may be delayed. We are hearing that the first version of XPoint chips can only be used for SSDs. A second, more developed version is needed to make XPoint for DIMMs. That means XPoint DIMMs may not appear until 2018, which would give …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016
Right Shears cutting wire mesh

Excelero gets in a right non-volatile mesh over SSD-server connection

Analysis Excelero is working on its new NVMesh software to connect shared NVMe SSD storage with accessing servers and their applications. The aim is to deliver a centralised, petabyte-scale, block storage pool with local, directly-connected NVMe SSD access speeds, using commodity server, storage and networking hardware. The company …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016
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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is crashing on some PCs employing a solid-state drive. The Anniversary operating system is understood to be freezing PCs where Windows 10 is stored on the SSD, but apps and data are on a separate drive. A Microsoftie writing on reckons the software giant is now investigating …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Aug 2016

Seagate's flash advice: Don't buy the foundry when you can get the chips for cheap

Analysis As well as launching several new flash products, Seagate revealed the four pillars of its flash product strategy at the August 9-11 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara. These were: Foundry independence Essential IP for system-wide use of flash Portfolio expansion Top-level cloud supplier Let's have a waltz around the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2016
E8 Array

Software-defined storage is glitzy, but E8 and Nimbus are still delivering hardware

Comment Despite all the recent noise around software-defined storage (SDS), vendors still keep coming to the market with new hardware solutions. Over the past weeks we’ve seen new products from Nimbus Data and emerging startup E8. Nimbus Nimbus Data has had what can only be called a ‘chequered’ history. My first introduction to the …
Chris Evans, 12 Aug 2016
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Intel overhyping flash-killer XPoint? Shocked, we're totally shocked

+Comment XPoint will substantially undershoot the 1,000-times-faster and 1,000-times-longer-lived-than-flash claims made by Intel when it was first announced – with just a 10-times speed boost and 2.5-times longer endurance in reality. This became clear when Micron presented details of its QuantX-branded XPoint memory technology at the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2016

Nimble shows that its all-flashers start small – and grow bigger

Nimble Storage has a new generation of hybrid Adaptive Flash arrays – the CS Thousand Series – plus a new all-flash array entry-point, the AF1000. The all-flash AF series was announced earlier this year, and Nimble has now added a cheaper AF1000 entry-level system. If you buy this, you can scale up and also out through the …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2016

Samsung points high-speed Z-SSD smack-bang at XPoint

The big flash dog has barked: Samsung did its flash dazzlement show at the Flash Memory Summit, with a 32TB SSD, a 1TB BGA, and a high-speed Z-SSD. The 32TB SSD is built using 64-layer 3D NAND - its V-NAND brand - with TLC - 3bits/cell - orientation. 64-layer V-NAND The 64-layer TLC V-NAND was revealed at the end of July and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2016

Toshiba flashes 100TB QLC flash drive, may go on sale within months. Really

+Comment The Flash Memory Summit saw Toshiba deliver a presentation about quad-level cell (QLC) technology – adding substantially to the prospect of a product being delivered in the "near future". We heard about QLC NAND last month: it uses four bits per cell to hold your data. After Seagate tantalized us with a 60TB SSD, along comes …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2016
Venomous snake

Micron brands XPoint as...

Micron revealed at the Flash Memory Summit this week that it will brand its XPoint tech as QuantX. Intel has been splattering the world with Optane XPoint branding for a while. Micron has finally caught up and it will have separate QuantX branding for its XPoint technology-based products. It's talking to SSD manufacturers …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2016

Seagate flashes 60TB (yes, sixty) SSD monster

Don't count us out of the flash drive business. That's Seagate's message at the Flash Memory Summit as it shows off another two new SSD products: an 8TB NVMe drive, and a massive 60TB SSD demo in a 3.5-inch form factor. The 60TB shows what's possible if you cram more than a 1,000 Micron 3D NAND dice into a full-size, 3.5-inch …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2016

Israeli upstart E8 reckons it's hit storage's Holy Grail. Hmm

Israeli startup E8 has launched its rack-scale NVMe over Fabrics E8-D24 array at the Flash Memory Summit, saying it has the storage array Holy Grail, setting up a direct competition with EMC’s DSSD product. The Holy Grail is a trifecta of high performance, low cost, and high availability. E8 says its customers get to overcome …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2016
ExaFlash D-Series

ExaFlash: Cheap, dense, energy-sipper will 'empower humankind'

+Comment Nimbus Data has announced its scale-out ExaFlash all-flash array at the Flash Memory Summit, with four models ranging up to 4.5PB raw capacity in 4U. The claims are pretty big and prompt the question: "Is this for real?" Nimbus' overall claims for ExaFlash start from scale and rackspace density and ultimately encompass " …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2016