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Western Digital: And when I pull the covers off, behold as NAND becomes virtual DRAM

Western Digital has been using software to turn SSDs into virtual memory so applications are accelerated without having to deploy DRAM or be constrained by memory capacity. The firm said the Ultrastar DC ME200 is an "optimised" Ultrastar SN200 SSD, which uses planar 15nm MLC (2bits/cell) NAND and is integrated with third-party …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2018
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NetApp puts the pedal to the metal with Plexistor

Analysis NetApp hopes to have a MAX Data server persistent memory product announced before the end of the year, with single digit microsecond latency using Optane DIMMs, and tiering data to NVMe over Fabric-attached ONTAP all-flash arrays. MAX Data, it is daring to hope, might actually be a silver bullet competition killer. …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2018
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Smells like machine spirit: L' Optane, Unity, NVMe and QLC. Take a sniff of a week in storage

It took a globally and organically sourced supplier base to create the perfume de storage we set before you, distilled from everything worth knowing over the past seven days on this tech news beat. You can look forward to distilled oils of Unity and SC, zesty DDN and Optane contributions, refined concentrates of QLC flash, …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2018
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Intel hands first Optane DIMM to Google, where it'll collect dust until a supporting CPU arrives

+Comment Intel has ceremonially "shipped" its first Optane DIMM to Google, despite no Xeon CPU support. Navin Shenoy, exec veep and GM of Intel's Data Center Group, theatrically presented the kit, fresh off the production line, to Google platforms veep Bart Sano at Chipzilla's Santa Clara CA headquarters during its Data-Centric …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2018
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Do Optane's prospects look DIMM? Chip chap has questions for Intel

Analysis Semiconductor analyst David Kanter has identified six areas of ignorance about Intel's Optane DIMMs where clarity will dictate whether they become popular or not. Optane is a brand name for Intel's 3D XPoint memory, the storage technology that can be found in its P4800X series SSDs. The name has been slapped on Intel's …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2018
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End-to-end NVMe arrays poised to resurrect external storage

Analysis NVMe-over Fabrics arrays are performing as fast as servers fitted with the same storage media – Optane or Z-SSD drives for example. Because NVMe-oF uses RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) then the network latency involved in accessing external storage arrays effectively goes away. This can be seen with performance results in …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2018

Cisco, Lenovo see XPoint in slapping Optane drives on hyperconverged kit

Cisco and Lenovo have shoved Intel's Optane caching drives in their hyperconverged systems, and Switchzilla has also added Nvidia GPU support to grant AI/ML apps hyperconverged system access. The Optane and NVMe drive injections are supposed to make these hyperconverged systems perform better than all-flash SAS/SATA SSDs and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2018
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Hitachi Vantara injects Skylaking servers with Optane caching, GPU grunt

Hitachi Vantara has updated more servers with Skylake processors and added variants with Optane SSD caching and Nvidia GPU support. It makes base Unified Compute Platform (UCP) servers, DS(nnn) models, and then optimises them for VMware environments with V(nnn) models. These V(nnn) models are then used in hyperconverged (HC) …
Chris Mellor, 8 Jun 2018
Intel's Optane DC persistent memory DIMM

Intel teases Optane DIMMS, but you may need a new Xeon first

Intel’s teased the arrival of its Optane storage-class RAM in DIMMs. Dubbed “Optane DC persistent memory” and suggested as a tier of storage between DRAM and SSDs, the product will ship in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB versions. Intel announced that the product “is sampling today and will ship for revenue to select customers later …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2018
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High-Optane thrills for 3D XPoint wanna-haves: Intel fattens gaming SSDs

Intel has tuned its Optane gaming drives with the 905P upgrade on the 900P, broadly doubling capacity and slightly boosting topline performance. The Optane 900P came in a 2.5-inch (U2) format with 280GB capacity and a half-height, half-length add-in card (AIC) format with 280 and 480GB capacities. Chipzilla has given the 905P …
Chris Mellor, 3 May 2018
Intel's new 800P Optane SSDs

Mum? Dad? Can I have a 3D XPoint disk for my birthday?

Intel's launched new and low-ish end versions of its Optane solid state disks based on 3D XPoint non-volatile memory. The new Optane SSD 800P comes in 58GB and 118GB variants, both in the M.2 2280 form factor and requiring an NVMe PCIe 3.0 x2 interface. Intel's advised the product can be used "as a standalone SSD, in a dual …
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Samsung preps for Z-SSD smackdown on Intel Optane drives

Samsung is launching its ambitious supercharged NAND Z-SSD in competition with Intel's P4800X Optane drive. Specs for the SZ985 Z-NAND drive were revealed in November, displaying close-to-Optane performance, slightly lower latency, faster read/write bandwidth and random read but lower random write IOPS.   Tech Capacity R/ …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2018

First XPoint, then Z-NAND: Oh dear, server-makers. SCM is happening

Analysis Storage-class memory (SCM), in the shape of Optane, is already here and, with Samsung's Z-SSD, set to become available for use by servers. What does this mean and when will it actually happen? SCM, also known as persistent memory (PMEM) is a faster version on non-volatile memory, built using Intel/Micron's 3D XPoint media or …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017

A challenger appears: Specs for Samsung's potential Optane killer

Analysis How does Korean flash and DRAM chipper Samsung's Z-NAND compare to Intel and Micron's 3D XPoint? Z-NAND is Samsung's tweaked flash technology, thought to be SLC (1 bit/cell) with a customised controller to speed it up. Optane is rushing Z-NAND to market adoption and it's a wide-open race. One of XPoint's advantages over NAND …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2017
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Whomp. Intel's promised fatter Optane drive arrives

The 750GB version of Intel's Optane P4800X product is becoming available this month, doubling the current 375GB capacity. There are two form factors for the 750gig product: the current half-height, half-length add-in card (AIC) and a hot-swappable 2.5-inch U.2 drive. Intel has also posted four blogs discussing Optane …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2017
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Chipzilla drops dinkier Optane SSD, but don't expect it in data centres

As spotted a couple of days ago, Intel has announced a smaller Optane drive – the 900P. Optane is Intel's brandname for its 3D XPoint solid state technology which, with its <10µs latency, is faster than flash but slower than main memory. Intel is positioning it as a persistent memory cache between DRAM and NAND. It follows on …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2017
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New Optane disks appear on web shops' lists

Sharp-eyed storage-watchers have noticed some new Intel solid state disks with Chipzilla's Optane 3D Xpoint memory/storage aboard popping up on web stores. Four SKUs are listed in many web shops, all with the name 900P, but the following product numbers and qualities: SSDPE21D280GASM, a 2.5-inch drive with 280GB capacity and …
Team Register, 25 Oct 2017
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Vexata's zippy storage array architecture poses vexatious questions

Analysis Newcomer Vexata has dropped out of stealth with a $54m* funding war chest and aims to blow the fusty old storage array business to smithereens with its 7 million IOPS Active Data Fabric box. How so? Its VX-100 box** is a 6U enclosure with two active:active controllers using either up to 64 NVMe SSDs (VX-100F) or Optane SSDs ( …
Chris Mellor, 6 Oct 2017

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