Making All-Flash 3D TLC SSD Arrays Enterprise Ready

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Good post by George Crump (thank you)

All-Flash Array Vendors are now releasing systems with 3D TLC SSDs. They claim that they have reached price parity, without data efficiency, to mainstream data center hard disk arrays. 3D TLC NAND does bring the price per GB of flash storage down considerably, but it does carry the risk of device failure and data loss. Understanding how a vendor mitigates that risk is critical to vendor selection.

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XPoint put under the analyst microscope

Good post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

80-page report gets under the skin of memristor-slaying 3D XPoint tech

Semiconductor market researcher Jim Handy of Objective Analysis has produced an 80-page report looking into what XPoint memory is, how it could be used and what its prospects are.

XPoint memory was unveiled by Micron and Intel in July to general amazement. The pair claimed it was 1,000 times faster than NAND, ten times denser and also less costly than DRAM, and would form a new memory hierarchy between DRAM and flash.

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The paradigm shift in enterprise computing 10 years from now.

Good post by Erwin van Londen (thank you)

The way businesses arrange their IT infrastructure is based based upon 3 things: Compute, Networks and Storage. Two of these have had a remarkable shift in the way they operate over the last decade. The keyword here was virtualization. Both Compute and Networking have been torn apart and put together in a totally different way we were used to from the 70 to the early 2000’s.

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NAND, DRAM, SAS/SCSI and SATA/AHCI: Not Dead, Yet

Post by Greg Schulz (thank you)

Manufacturers are coming out with new non-volatile memory (NVM) media like 3D XPoint. Does that mean that DRAM and other NVM media such as NAND flash are now dead?

Do new NVM storage access protocols such as NVM Express (NVMe) mean SCSI/SAS and AHCI/SATA are now dead?

My simple answer is no, they all have bright futures.

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3D Xpoint memory: Faster-than-flash storage unveiled

Good post by Leo Kelion (thank you)

A new kind of memory technology is going into production, which is up to 1,000 times faster than the Nand flash storage used in memory cards and computers’ solid state drives (SSDs). The innovation is called 3D XPoint, and is the invention of Intel and Micron. The two US companies predict a wide range of benefits, from speeding up scientific research to making more elaborate video games. One expert described it as a “huge step forward”.

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Quantum hard drive breakthrough

Good post by the Australian National University (thank you)

Physicists developing a prototype quantum hard drive have improved storage time by a factor of more than 100.

The team’s record storage time of six hours is a major step towards a secure worldwide data encryption network based on quantum information, which could be used for banking transactions and personal emails.

“We believe it will soon be possible to distribute quantum information between any two points on the globe,” said lead author Manjin Zhong, from the Research School of Physics and Engineering(RSPE).

“Quantum states are very fragile and normally collapse in milliseconds. Our long storage times have the potential to revolutionise the transmission of quantum information.”

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What you won’t see in 2015

Good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

After all the predictions I read about 2015 (…and many of them are pretty ridiculous indeed) I can’t help but make mine, which I would like to approach in a totally different manner, using common sense first and trying to make an anti-prediction for enterprise IT in 2015. So here is my opinion on what you won’t be seeing this year in your Datacenter.

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Making Computers That Don’t Forget

Good post by Tom Coughlin (thank you)

The 2015 IEEE IEDM Conference (celebrating its 60thanniversary in 2014) as well as a Canon USA MRAM Forum this week gave interesting insights into the latest developments and expectations for solid state memory and storage technologies. Tom Coughlin is president of Coughlin Associates.

MRAM technology appears to be poised for adoption in discrete and embedded electronic products for many applications. According to a report this year by Coughlin Associates, the total available market for MRAM devices is projected to reach over $2 B by 2019.

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HP Discover Review: The Machine

Good post by Chris M Evans (thank you)

One of the regular features of HP Discover over recent years has been the blogger “Coffee Talks”, informal sessions with various teams from within HP, covering Big Data, Storage, Networking and so on.  There is even a Coffee Talk on printers that was apparently quite enlightening, although I didn’t attend that one.  Each year (or twice yearly for those who make it), we have a presentation from HP Labs, the section of the company focused on new innovations.  One new technology emerging from the Labs is something HP refer to as “The Machine”.

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One new tape innovation, one giant leap in storage technology

Post by Jack Arnold (thank you)

I reside at about 39 degrees north latitude in the United States, which means that it is fall here. I live in the middle of a mostly deciduous forest, so right now fall is at its peak. The only word that can be used to describe the scenery of yellows and reds is “spectacular.” I’m including a picture of a bush outside my house. I could put up a full portfolio, but since the intent of this post is technical rather than artistic, we’ll save that for another time and place.

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