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Storage and Storage Software

Intel Intros First 3D-NAND SSDs

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Intel Intros First 3D-NAND SSDs

Intel's Cloud Day event sees the announcement of the first SSDs from the company featuring 3D-NAND technology-- the DC P3520 and P3320 series, enterprise models designed for read-intensive applications.

Optimised for use with the latest Xeon E5-2600 v4 server processors, the SSDs feature a PCIe Gen 3x4 interface and are ideal for cloud and data analytics use. The DC P3320 promises 5x faster performance and up to 3.2x faster business analytics over regular SATA SSDs, while the DC P3520 is the faster option with "significant performance and latency improvements."

The drives are available in a 2.5-inch form factor or as a PCIe 3.0 half-height half-length add-in card, in 450GB, 1.2TB and 2TB capacities.

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Lenovo and Nexenta Team Up in Storage

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Lenovo and Nexenta Team Up in Storage

Chinese PC and server maker Lenovo announces a "strategic partnership" with open source-driven software-defined storage (OpenSDS) developer Nexenta in the name of driving adoption of next generation storage.

The partnership combines products from the two companies-- namely Lenovo x86 servers and software-defined storage-- with scale-up and scale-out reference architectures on flash, hybrid and spinning media systems. For instance, Lenovo System X servers will get NexentaStor file and block storage services and NexentaEdge scale-out block and object services with cluster-wide inline deduplication and compression.

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Pure Storage Presents FlashBlade

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Pure Storage Presents FlashBlade

All-flash storage array vendor Pure Storage announces FlashBlade-- a rack-scale storage architecture designed for multi-protocol access to unstructured data.

FlashBlade combines high-performance all-flash storage with software handling cloud-scalable unstructured data platforms. It scales to up to 1.6 Petabytes in a 4U form factor with 10Gbps performance, and customers can choose between either 8 or 52TB blades, mixing and matching in the same chassis.

On the software side the system runs on Elasticity, a scalable OS featuring services such as data reduction, encryption and N+2 erasure coding, and scale-out protocol services such as NFS (file) and S3 (object), as well as low-level flash management and LDPC error correction. All layers across Elasticity share a common extensible metadata engine and garbage collection, increasing global system efficiency.

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Seagate Boasts "Fastest Ever" SSD

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Seagate Boasts

Seagate Technology shows off what it claims is the fastest ever SSD-- one with throughput performance of 10GB/s, 4GB/s faster than the previous contender for the fastest SSD title.

The 10GB/s unit meets the specifications outlined by Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP), and as such should be ideal for hyperscale datacentre applications. It also promises to reduce the power and cost requirements associated with such performance levels.

The drive demands Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe), the company's replacement for the SATA standard.

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Samsung Intros 15TB Enterprise SSD

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Samsung Intros 15TB Enterprise SSD

Samsung pushes enterprise flash capacities further with the PM1633a, a 15TB SSD based on the 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface.

First announced at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit, the PM1633a comes in the 2.5-inch form factor-- allowing customers to fit twice as many drives in a standard 19-inch 2U rack compared to an equivalent 3.5-inch drive.

Allowing for 15TB capacity is the stacking of 16 layers of 256Gb V-NAND memory chips, for a total of 512 chips in each drive. In turn, each 256Gb V-NAND chip stacks cell-arrays in 48 layer, an improvement over 2nd generation 32-layer 128Gb V-NAND.

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