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Enterprise storage sitrep: The external array party is over

Despite the storage market growing 13.7 per cent annually in the fourth 2017 quarter, the external array section grew less than 2 per cent and is forecast to decline, according to IDC's worldwide enterprise storage systems tracker. NetApp's position is also weakening as HPE overtakes it in external storage revenues and IBM …
Chris Mellor, 6 Mar 2018
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Watch out, Tokyo! Samsung readies a 15 terabyte SSD

Samsung has revealed what can only be described as the Godzilla of flash drives, a 15TB SSD, at the Flash Memory Summit. Samsung opened the kimono on the new drive at its keynote session Memory Technology Advances Shape a New Era in Flash Innovation on 11 August. As reported by Golem.de the PM1633a uses Sammy's third …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2015
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Opportunity suffers another flash-memory 'amnesia' moment

A flash memory reformat left NASA's Mars rover Opportunity with a brief episode of what the agency calls “amnesia” – thankfully, without any loss of scientific data. NASA adds that Opportunity was also able to continue its normal activities, such as using its robotic arm to examine a rock target called Athens. It's one of a …
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Diablo escapes from patent hell, condemns Netlist to legal purgatory

Diablo Technologies, a supplier of Memory Channel Storage (MCS) that makes it possible to present flash disks as memory, says it has seen off a patent lawsuit from rival Netlist. Netlist claimed Diablo pinched its technology, allowing the latter to get MCS to market faster. That rapid market entry, it's contended, meant Diablo …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2015
Opportunity in clean room

NASA preps lobotomy for Opportunity rover to cure amnesia

NASA engineers are preparing a radical fix that could help the Opportunity Mars rover regain its fading faculties and continue its Red Planet mission. The rover, which has spent ten years rolling across the Martian plains, has been having memory problems for the last six months because the cells in its flash memory have been …
Iain Thomson, 31 Dec 2014

Hungry, hungry CPUs: Storage vendors hustle to get flash closer to compute

Multi-socket, multi-core CPUs are demanding entities: they have a gargantuan appetite for data which they suck up through a CPU-memory channel from DRAM, the server's memory. This access happens in nanoseconds, billionths of a second. Getting data from places beyond memory, such as PCIe server flash cards, SSDs directly …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2014
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Wham, bam, thank you NAND: SanDisk SSD sales soar

SanDisk sales are booming, based on its NAND foundry integration and well-executed move into enterprise storage. Record second quarter revenue of $1.63bn was 11 per cent up year-on-year. Net income was £274m, 4.6 per cent more than a year ago – with revenues growing faster than profits. SanDisk supplies consumer and business …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2014
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Violin offers pay-as-you-GROW pricing on its Flashing WFA blades

The recovering one-time all-flash array market leader Violin Memory has announced a pay-as-you-grow pricing model and four extra Windows Flash Array (WFA) configs. Violin’s WFA is a 6000-series product running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 on its two blade servers, which connects to an SQL Server 2014 box and provides fast …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2014

Intel teams with Micron on next-gen many-core Xeon Phi with 3D DRAM

Intel has released more details about its future "Knights Landing" Xeon Phi many-core processor, including a new high-speed interconnect tech called Intel Omni Scale Fabric, as well as on-package Micron Gen2 Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) DRAM of up to 16GB. Intel presentation slide: what's new in Knights Landing Intel's …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jun 2014
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Semiconductor boffin: 3D NAND don't need NO STEENKIN' TSVs

Blocks and Files Chip analyst Jim Handy of Objective Analysis took exception to several issues raised in a recent 3D NAND story, and El Reg storage desk asked him a few short questions for clarification. He provided a few short answers that did just that - and here they are. El Reg: Are there TSVs (through-silicon vias – vertical electrical …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2014

Flash memory made immortal by fiery heat

Taiwanese flash memory non-volatile memory manufacturer Macronix is set to reveal technologies is says will make it possible for flash memory to survive 100 million read/write cycles. Today's flash memory wears out over time, because moving electrons in and out of transistors wears them down. That problem has led manufacturers …

SanDisk shares tumble as chip-maker lowers Q1 forecast

Flash memory maker SanDisk haS suffered a 9.47 per cent dip in its share price in trading today, after they announced a summary of results for the first quarter of 2012. Blaming weaker than expected demand and pricing, SanDisk said that its revenues for the three months ending 1 April were 8 to 11 per cent lower than expected …
Anna Leach, 4 Apr 2012
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NetApp may serve app server flash cache

Comment We've seen EMC and Dell looking to manage flash caches in application servers and contrasting this with NetApp's array controller Flash Cache strategy. Actually NetApp is involved with storage array management of flash caches in app servers - witness its Project Mercury presentation at the FAST '11 conference at San Jose in …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2011
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OCZ joins PCIe flash fray

OCZ has joined in the PCIe flash market, the one led by Fusion-io, with card controllers that compress data and boost I/O to 1GB/sec speeds. The VeloDrive PCI-Express SSD uses 2-bit MLC flash with four Sandforce SF-1565 controllers, has four channels, comes in half-height or full-height form, and has on-board hardware RAID or …
Chris Mellor, 3 May 2011
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HP and Violin build Oracle Exadata killer

HP is using flash from Violin Memory to create Oracle Exadata-killing high-performance data base systems. This follows on from the fiasco of Oracle allegedly preventing HP from submitting a good TPC-C benchmark based on an HP DL980 server enhanced with Violin Memory's flash storage. As you can see in the 62-slide deck1 HP's …
Chris Mellor, 7 Apr 2011

No toys to throw from the PRAM

Comment Phase-change memory (PCM or Phase-change RAM - PRAM) seems to be changing its phase, from promising-newcomer-technology to fading-candidate-going-nowhere. PCM is a memory technology involving a change of material state and electrical resistance in a memory cell's chalcogenide layer. The theoretical attractions are that it is …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2011
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Juniper stuffs money into Violin

Juniper Networks has joined Toshiba in pumping money into flash memory array startup Violin Memory to the tune of $35m. Violin uses Toshiba chips in its products, but what is Juniper's angle? Violin flash memory arrays connect to servers and provide a storage resource, shared by several servers if needed, that is very much …
Chris Mellor, 7 Feb 2011
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New super-Flash chips to run on SiOx, not graphite

Stateside chip boffins say they have developed a radical new method of building memory, which will smash through the "brick wall" that Moore's Law is about to run into. The underlying technique was thought to be dependent on the use of graphite, but in fact this has now been shown to be untrue. A plucky grad student studying …
Lewis Page, 1 Sep 2010

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