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STEC improves MLC SSD; and other data storage news

STEC implements CareCell, SAFE technologies to improve performance and reliability of MLC SSD line; Samsung partners with Anobit; and other data storage news.

STEC Inc. said it is implementing CellCare and Secure Array of Flash Element (SAFE) technologies to enable its multi-level cell solid-state drive (MLC SSD) products to improve levels of write endurance and data reliability.

STEC said its CellCare technology uses adaptive flash access, signal processing, data management algorithms and error correction code (ECC) to allow MLC drives to handle write-intensive workloads for more than five years without limiting performances. An MLC SSD with SAFE is designed to reduce component-level failures.

Samsung teams with Anobit for SSD controller

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Anobit Technologies Ltd. have collaborated on the design of a new controller for use in Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. The SK6630 controller uses Anobit's Memory Signal Processing (MSP) technology to add endurance and performance to Samsung's 3-bit NAND. Anobit's MSP technology incorporates ECC with proprietary signal processing algorithms that compensate for NAND flash memory's physical limitations to enhance performance of MLC flash.

Fusion-io adds ioMemory module, gets Dell OEM deal

Fusion-io made a new ioMemory module available, doubling the capacity of its PCI Express (PCIe)-based products. When used in concert with Fusion-io's recently released ioMemory Virtual Storage Layer (ioMemory VSL), the ioMemory technology delivers significant performance enhancements to achieve nearly 300,000 sustained IOPS. The module supports 1.28 TB on one PCIe card. Fusion-io said Dell will sell the Fusion ioDrive in PowerEdge R710, R810 and M610x server products.

Intel Atom gets an update

Intel Corp. began shipping updated Atom processors for SMB and home storage appliances with greater speed and a new memory technology. Intel introduced the 1.8 GHz Intel Atom processor D425 single-core and D525 dual-core, which support double-data-rate three small outline dual in-line memory modules, also known as DDR3 SODIMM. The D425 and D525 are paired with the Intel 82801 IR I/O Controller, and support Microsoft Windows Home Server and open source Linux operating systems.

Infortrend goes large on SFF drives

Infortrend Technology Inc. added six 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF) disk drive models to its EonStor DS storage system platform. The new models can hold up to 16 6 Gbps SAS drives in a 1U chassis; come in single- or dual-controller configurations; and support 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, iSCSI or 6 Gbps SAS host connectivity.

BakBone sells Waterford archiving suite

BakBone Software Inc. and Waterford Technologies forged a reseller partnership, enabling data protection vendor BakBone to sell Waterford's MailMeter suite of email and file archiving products.

Asigra exec chairs SNIA's cloud backup group 

Asigra Inc. senior director of product marketing Ashar Baig was named chairman of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)'s Cloud Backup and Recovery Special Interest Group (SIG). The Cloud BUR SIG is a part of SNIA's Cloud Storage Initiative that promotes the adoption of cloud storage as a new delivery model.

Law firm chooses EMC-VMware combination

Seattle law firm Foster Pepper PLLC consolidated servers and set up a private storage cloud with VMware vSphere and an EMC Celerra unified storage system. The law firm went from 55 physical production servers to four production servers with 90 virtual machines, and 40 virtual machines on four test/development servers; the firm uses VMware VMotion to move running virtual machines across servers. Foster Pepper also uses EMC Celerra Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) software to move data across performance tiers.


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