Flash memory News
February 02, 2016
Cisco launches its largest FC director, the MDS 9718, which will be upgradeable to 32-gig FC when it is widely supported. Targets for this product include flash storage and DevOps.
February 01, 2016
The Datrium DVX storage system for VMware virtual machines is generally available and drawing interest with its server-powered architecture, flash-boosted performance and low cost.
January 21, 2016
Netlist unveiled its new DDR4-based non-volatile dual in-line memory module (NVDIMM) yesterday at the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)’s Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Summit in San Jose. ...
January 14, 2016
Flash memory vendor Diablo Technologies named a new CEO and secured $19 million in Series C financing as the company tries to rebuild momentum for its memory technology business after fighting off ...
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The hyper-convergence market initially consisted of virtual desktops and remote offices, but has moved into data centers.
Hyper-converged infrastructure products can be self-contained appliances with the software integrated, or they can be a software-only offering that runs on any commodity hardware. Customers can install it on their own hardware, buy Ready Nodes from hardware partners or as integrated EVO:RAIL appliances sold by hardware vendors.
Because hyper-converged systems include hypervisors along with storage and servers, these systems are best for heavily virtualized environments. That is why virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a popular use case. Hyper-convergence's "infrastructure-in-a-box" approach also fits well for remote offices because it saves having to buy separate products. SMBs and departments in large companies also find hyper-converged appliances a fast and easy way to install enough infrastructures to serve as primary storage for certain applications.Continue Reading
After a few humdrum years, server architectures are in for big changes to close out the decade. Continue Reading
In this Tech Buyer Snapshot, we offer insight into the challenges and purchasing priorities of solid-state/flash storage technology customers. Continue Reading
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As IT storage evolves, vendors compete to invent new storage technologies to meet enterprise demands. Who will be the victor of the storage wars? Continue Reading
All-flash arrays increase the number of VMs allowed per physical host. This affects the configuration, performance and even spending decisions in a virtualized data center. Powerful all-flash arrays compress data at impressive levels. As a result, admins who put flash into action in a data center can improve storage performance and at the same time increase the number of VMs per physical host.
This has effects on server selection, VM configuration and overall performance of an IT infrastructure. While there'll be reasonable concerns about the purchase costs, there are factors that can make calculating the ROI for an all-flash array less daunting. This three-part guide explores these issues and considers why an organization might consider adopting all-flash arrays.Continue Reading
Why would you attach NAND flash storage directly to the memory channel? Isn't RAM much faster than NAND? Marc Staimer discusses this and more in this Expert Answer. Continue Reading
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Many hyper-converged platforms today include a mix of flash and HDD, and flash might be a more cost-effective way to add performance to your environment than you think. Continue Reading
Though hidden from the user, flash management is important for IT professionals. How a flash controller manages NAND flash can impact longevity and performance. Continue Reading
Vendors are using TLC flash in their 3D NAND flash products, which allows for greater capacity at a lower cost, according to Brien Posey. Continue Reading
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Flash storage represents a significant investment, but it can increase performance and may help save money in other areas. Continue Reading
Find out the top myths about flash storage today, where they come from and the reality hidden behind these common misconceptions. Continue Reading
As with any product still in its infancy, an exact definition for virtual machine-aware storage can be difficult to nail down. In simple terms, VM-aware storage is an appliance that vendors build specifically with virtual machines in mind in order to cut back on some of the most pertinent issues in virtual environments: complexity, difficult management and lagging performance.
Using VM-aware storage typically means there's no need to configure logical unit numbers and volumes, and because VMs are directly associated with the storage they reside on, priority can be given to more demanding apps and VMs can be granularly managed. This guide will walk you through what products classify as VM-aware storage, how they are implemented in virtual environments and what benefits they can bring to storage and virtualization administrators so you can make an informed decision about whether they're the right choice.Continue Reading