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Storage and Storage Software

IBM Intros All-Flash DeepFlash 150

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IBM Intros All-Flash DeepFlash 150

IBM announces DeepFlash 150-- an all-flash array desigend for applications involving unstructured data, such as big data analytics, social media and mobile content.

According to Big Blue the array features capabilities not found in standard all-flash storage. Customers can deploy it as either no-frills SAN-like JBOF (Just a Bunch of Flash) or in conjunction with the Spectrum Scale (aka GPFS) parallel file system to provide scale-out NAS file access capability complete with snapshots, replication, compression and encryption.

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WD Intros 64-Layer 3D NAND

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WD Intros 64-Layer 3D NAND

Western Digital (WD) presents the next generation of 3D NAND flash-- BiCS3, featuring 64 layers of vertical storage capability on a single 3-bits-per-cell chip, making it the smallest from the company.

Co-developed with Toshiba, BiCS3 will initially be deployed in 256 gigabit capacity before availability in a range of capacities reaching up to half a terabit on a single chip. It will run alongside the current range of BiCS2 3D NAND products.

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How to Store Data Using Single Atoms

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How to Store Data Using Single Atoms

Researchers at Delft University of Technology build a prototype storage device able to store data using single atoms-- providing theoretical capacity of 500TB per square inch.

Such capacity is 500 times more dense than the highest capacity HDDs available to date and, as lead scientist Sander Otte puts it, “would allow all books ever created by humans to be written on a single post stamp.”

The atomic storage technology makes use of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), a technique allowing the moving of individual atoms. The prototype consists of a flat copper bed covered with around 60000 chlorine atoms, with 8000 empty spaces left around them. The STM was used to arrange the atoms in a grid with gaps representing data, bringing about a means of storage that works more or less like a sliding puzzle.

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Datrium Storage Gets Insane Mode

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Datrium Storage Gets Insane Mode

The Datrium DVX storage system gets a software update the company calls "Insane Mode"-- one promising a 2-fold increase in server application performance without need for a controller change.

The increase brings about 100000 IOPS per host and 3 million IOPS per DVX system.

DVX is based around private cloud computing elasticity. The system powers storage performance through a small amount of compute from each virtualised server, allowing it to get faster with every server. Insane Mode increases storage IO on a server from 20% to 40%, bringing about a doubling in storage performance.

Operators can boost DVX storage performance for VMs in 2 ways-- one can either vMotion the workload to a server with more resource capacity (if the host lacks CPU or flash headroom) or turn on Insane Mode in the case of unused local CPU headroom.

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Dell Brings Storage Together With SCOS7

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Dell Brings Storage Together With SCOS7

Dell provides admins with a single management interface and means to replicate data between both Storage Center and EqualLogic PS storage arrays with a pair of free upgrades-- Storage Center OS 7 and PS 9.0.

The Dell "SC" line denotes storage products derived from Compellent, while "PS" refers to technologies aquired from EqualLogic.

SCOS 7 targets all-flash and hybrid flash arrays, and “aggressively promotes the adoption of flash, by bringing lower acquisition costs across flash and hybrid arrays and provides investment protection for Dell PS Series customers as they explore future-ready technologies." It also promises data deduplication and tools ensuring the right quality of application service from SC arrays.

The result, the company claims, brings capacity savings of up to 10:1 with a typical gain of 4:1 or 3:1, as well as cost savings on SC arrays of both flash and HDD varieties.

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