Showing posts with label Storage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Storage. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Rancher releases cloud-native container storage solution

Rancher Labs, which offers a widely used Kubernetes management platform, announced the general availability (GA) of Longhorn, an enterprise-grade, cloud-native container storage solution.

The company says Longhorn directly answers the need for an enterprise-grade, vendor-neutral persistent storage solution that supports the easy development of stateful applications within Kubernetes.

the resources required to manage data and operate environments, enabling teams to focus on shipping code faster, and delivering better applications.

Longhorn is 100% open source, distributed block storage built using microservices. Since the product was released in Beta in 2019, thousands of users have battle-hardened Longhorn by stress-testing the product as a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Sandbox project.

The GA version of Longhorn delivers a rich set of enterprise storage features, including:


  • Thin-provisioning, snapshots, backup, and restore
  • Non-disruptive volume expansion
  • Cross-cluster disaster recovery volume with defined RTO and RPO
  • Live upgrade of Longhorn software without impacting running volumes
  • Full-featured Kubernetes CLI integration and standalone UI
  • Users can leverage Longhorn to create distributed block storage mirrored across local disks. Longhorn also serves as a bridge to integrate enterprise-grade storage with Kubernetes by enabling users to deploy Longhorn on existing NFS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel storage arrays and on cloud storage systems like AWS EBS, all the while adding useful features such as application-aware snapshots, backups, and remote replication.

“As enterprises deploy more production applications in containers, the need for persistent container storage continues to grow rapidly,” said Sheng Liang, CEO at Rancher Labs. “Longhorn fills the need for a 100% open source and easy-to-deploy enterprise-grade Kubernetes storage solution.”

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

SD cards to hit 4GB/sec transfer rate with PCIe 4.0

The latest SD 8.0 Specification for SD Express memory cards will offer top transfer speed of nearly 4GB/sec by using the PCI Express (PCIe) 4.0 specification. The full-sized SD cards use the NVMe Express (NVMe) upper layer protocol enabling an advanced memory access mechanism, while maintaining backward compatibility.

SD Express will be offered on SDHC, SDXC and SDUC memory cards.

“By dramatically increasing the speeds for SD Express we’re giving device manufacturers and system developers more storage choices,” said Hiroyuki Sakamoto, SDA president. “SD 8.0 may open even more opportunities for extra high performance solutions using removable memory cards.”

“PCI-SIG is pleased to see that SDA is continuing to adopt even faster PCIe technology configurations using PCIe 4.0 interface and dual lanes for one of the top leading removable memory cards – SD,” said Al Yanes, PCI-SIG president and chairman. “PCIe specification conformance tests are available today by major test vendors, offering a significant advantage for any new PCIe technology adopter.”

“NVMe is the industry-recognized performance SSD interface from the client to the datacenter, shipping in millions of units,” said Amber Huffman, NVM Express™ Inc. president. “Consumers will benefit by SD Association continuing the adoption of the NVMe base specification for their latest SD Express cards.”

https://www.sdcard.org/

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Samsung unveils "ruler form factor" NVMe SSDs for OCP

Samsung announced a solid state drive with an E1.S form factor and full PCIe Gen 4 support.

The new drive, which leverages the production efficiencies of the company’s sixth-generation (1xx-layer), three-bit V-NAND, uses the new form factor to maximize the number of drives possible in a 1-RU chassis.

“Offering the most 1U server-optimized form-factor, the PM9A3 will improve space utilization, add PCIe Gen4 speeds, enable increased capacity and more,” said Mr. Jongyoul Lee, senior vice president of Samsung’s Memory Software Development Team at the Open Compute Project Virtual Global Summit. “We see it eventually becoming the most sought-after storage solution on the market for tier one and tier two cloud datacenter servers, and one of the more cost-effective,” he added.

The newly announced PM9A3 drive, to be available in three versions, is expected to feature a PCIe Gen 4 (x4) interface for more than twice the sequential read performance of PCIe Gen 3 (3200MB/s), and include dedicated hardware accelerators for nearly twice the random writes (180,000 IOPs) of the previous generation. Capacities will range from 960 GB to 7.68 TB.


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Marvell enables NVMe over Fabrics storage disaggregation for VMware

Marvell's QLogic Fibre Channel and FastLinQ Ethernet adapters are now supporting NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) technology in VMware vSphere 7.0.

This enables high-performance NVMe flash storage to be effectively shared, pooled and managed across a fabric.

Specifically, Marvell FastLinQ 41000 and 45000 Series Ethernet Adapters support NVMe/RDMA over both RoCEv2 and iWARP protocols. Starting with VMware vSphere 7.0, customers can leverage NVMe/RoCEv2 capabilities of FastLinQ NICs while future-proofing their data centers for potential use cases of NVMe/iWARP and NVMe/TCP. FastLinQ Universal RDMA capability, combined with future support for NVMe over TCP, provides IT managers with the broadest choice of options to scale out NVMe.

"NVMe over Fabric technologies are unlocking the value of NVMe flash by delivering a variety of low latency, scalable and trusted fabrics," said Vikram Karvat, vice president and general manager, Server Connectivity Business Unit at Marvell. "The introduction of Marvell's QLogic FC-NVMe and FastLinQ NVMe/RoCEv2 technologies into industry-leading virtualization platforms from VMware enables end users to leverage economies of scale when deploying NVMe without compromising the performance, reliability or manageability of their infrastructure."

"VMware and Marvell solutions have been an integral part of every wave of virtualization and storage innovation in the data center for several years," said Sudhanshu Jain, director of product management, Cloud Platform, VMware. "Marvell's QLogic FC and FastLinQ Ethernet technology with vSphere 7.0 enables customers to leverage existing SAN infrastructure and migrate to FC-NVMe to take advantage of performance and cost matrix."

Monday, February 3, 2020

Samsung launches 3rd gen High Bandwidth Memory 2E

Samsung Electronics launched its 'Flashbolt' third-generation High Bandwidth Memory 2E (HBM2E). The new 16-gigabyte (GB) HBM2E is targeted at high performance computing (HPC) systems and help system manufacturers to advance their supercomputers, AI-driven data analytics and state-of-the-art graphics systems in a timely manner.

The 16GB capacity is achieved by vertically stacking eight layers of 10nm-class (1y) 16-gigabit (Gb) DRAM dies on top of a buffer chip. This HBM2E package is then interconnected in a precise arrangement of more than 40,000 ‘through silicon via’ (TSV) microbumps, with each 16Gb die containing over 5,600 of these microscopic holes.

The data transfer speed is 3.2 Gbps by leveraging a proprietary optimized circuit design for signal transmission, while offering a memory bandwidth of 410GB/s per stack. Samsung’s HBM2E can also attain a transfer speed of 4.2Gbps, the maximum tested data rate to date, enabling up to a 538GB/s bandwidth per stack in certain future applications. This would represent a 1.75x enhancement over Aquabolt's 307GB/s.

"With the introduction of the highest performing DRAM available today, we are taking a critical step to enhance our role as the leading innovator in the fast-growing premium memory market," said Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "Samsung will continue to deliver on its commitment to bring truly differentiated solutions as we reinforce our edge in the global memory marketplace."

Monday, January 6, 2020

HPE’s StoreFabric M-Series Ethernet Switches run Cumulus Linux

Cumulus Networks and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are working together on open, highly automated and scalable storage networking for data centers.

Specifically, HPE’s StoreFabric M-Series Ethernet Switches will run Cumulus Linux and NetQ, delivering a flexible networking fabric that is predictable, scalable and reliable.

"Many modern data centers feature all-flash storage architectures designed to meet the needs of high-performance applications, but what’s often limited these applications from reaching their true potential was networking," said Josh Leslie, CEO of Cumulus Networks. "The combination of Cumulus Linux and NetQ with HPE’s M-Series Ethernet Switches now provides organizations a more open, flexible networking fabric that is predictable, scalable, and reliable to help drive businesses forward."

"Storage networks built on M-series switches deliver high levels of performance and ultra-low latency," said Marty Lans, General Manager Storage Connectivity, HPE. "Adding Cumulus Linux and NetQ to the M-series now provides enterprises with greater network flexibility, increased scale, and deeper levels of automation making this a compelling solution for Ethernet Storage Fabrics."

Western Digital demos 8TB portable SSD

At the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 (CES® 2020) Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) will showcase new innovations in its extensive lineup of storage solutions built for every consumer use, including a demonstration of

Western Digital demonstrated an 8TB pocket-sized, portable SSD prototype featuring a SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps interface. The company is also releasing the 1TB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C drive for smartphones and laptops.

“Consumers are generating more content than ever and require more advanced solutions to help them capture, access, share and manage it all. Our top priority is to empower people by giving them complete control of their content, so they have peace of mind that it’s reliably stored and at their fingertips when and where they need it,” said David Ellis, vice president, product marketing, Western Digital.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Intel outlines “Barlow Pass” - 2nd gen Optane DC persistent memory

Intel outlined a series of milestones in advancing memory and storage for cloud, artificial intelligence and network edge applications.

Developments include:

  • Intel plans to operate a new Optane technology development line at its facilities in Rio Rancho, New Mexico; 
  • The second-generation of Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, code-named “Barlow Pass,” scheduled for release in 2020 with Intel’s next-generation Intel Xeon® Scalable processor 
  • Intel’s industry-first demonstration of 144-layer QLC (Quad Level Cell) NAND for data center SSDs (solid-state drives), which are also expected in 2020.


Intel said the combination of its Optane technology with QLC 3D NAND technology on a single M.2 module enables Intel Optane memory expansion into thin and light notebooks and certain space-constrained desktop form factors – such as all-in-one PCs and mini PCs. The new product also offers a higher level of performance not met by traditional Triple Level Cell (TLC) 3D NAND SSDs today and eliminates the need for a secondary storage device.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Samsung's prototype Key Value SSD offloads processing from server

Samsung Electronics announced the first standards-based prototype of a new type of SSD that moves the storage workload from the server CPUs into the SSD.

Samsung’s KV SSD prototype is based on a new open standard for a Key Value Application Programming Interface (KV API) that was recently approved by SNIA.

Samsung says there are numerous benefits of KV storage technology. Rather than operating as a block device, the KV SSD moves resource-draining storage operations from the host CPU to the SSD itself. This results in:

  • Much-improved system-level performance
  • Freeing the CPU from computational work, such as block operations and storage-level garbage collection
  • Substantially greater scalability in the number of linked SSDs by reducing CPU overload
  • Greatly reduced write amplification (WAF)
  • Much less wear on each SSD
  • Greater software efficiency

SNIA’s KV API standard was developed in response to growing concern that as the speed of SSDs further increases, system-level performance was reaching the point of saturation, allowing relatively few SSDs to be optimally interlinked. As the performance of SSDs continues to improve, the situation is expected to worsen when ever-increasing loads are placed on the CPU to manage block operations.

While there are other approaches to this now under development, KV SSD technology is likely to be the most cost-efficient for use with many storage appliances and IT systems.

“The SNIA KV API specification, which provides an industry-wide interface between an application and a Key Value SSD, paves the way for widespread industry adoption of a standardized KV API protocol,” said Michael Oros, SNIA Executive Director.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Microsoft launches Azure Ultra Disk Storage

Microsoft announced the general availability (GA) of Azure Ultra Disk Storage — a new, high-performance managed disk promising sub-millisecond latency for the most demanding Azure Virtual Machines and container workloads.

The new storage service is aimed at applications like SAP HANA, top tier SQL databases such as SQL Server, Oracle DB, MySQL, and PostgreSQL, as well as NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and Cassandra.

Ultra Disk Storage specs

  • Sizes ranging from 4 GiB up to 64 TiB with granular increments
  • It is possible to dynamically configure and scale the IOPS and bandwidth on the disk independent of capacity.
  • Up to 300 IOPS per GiB, to a maximum of 160K IOPS per disk
  • Up to a maximum of 2000 MBps per disk

Ultra Disk is now available in East US 2, North Europe, and Southeast Asia.

With the introduction of Ultra Disk Storage, Azure now offers four types of persistent disks—Ultra Disk Storage, Premium SSD, Standard SSD, and Standard HDD.



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Blueprint: Turn Your Data Center into an Elastic Bare-Metal Cloud

by Denise Shiffman is Chief Product Officer for DriveScale.

What if you could create an automated, elastic, cloud-like experience in your own data center for a fraction of the cost of the public cloud? Today, high performance, data-oriented and containerized applications are commonly deployed on bare-metal which is keeping them on premises. But the hardware deployed is static, costing IT in overprovisioned, underutilized, siloed clusters.

Throughout the evolution of data center IT infrastructure, one thing has remained constant. Once deployed, compute, storage and networking systems remain fixed and inflexible. The move to virtual machines better utilized the resources on the host system they were tied to, but virtual machines didn’t make data center hardware more dynamic or adaptable.

In the era of advanced analytics, machine learning and cloud-native applications, IT needs to find ways to quickly adapt to new workloads and ever-growing data. This has many people talking about software-defined solutions. When software is pulled out of proprietary hardware, whether it’s compute, storage or networking hardware, then flexibility is increased, and costs are reduced. With next-generation, composable infrastructure, software-defined takes on new meaning. For the first time, IT can create and recreate logical hardware through software, making the hardware infrastructure fully programmable. And the benefits are enormous.

Composable Infrastructure can also support the move to more flexible and speedy deployments through DevOps with an automated and dynamic solution integrated with Kubernetes and containers. When deploying data-intensive, scale-out workloads, IT now has the opportunity to shift compute and storage infrastructures away from static, fixed resources. Modern database and application deployments require modern infrastructure driving the emergence of Composable Infrastructure – and it promises to address the exact problems that traditional data centers cannot. In fact, for the first time, using Composable Infrastructure, any data center can become an elastic bare-metal cloud. But what exactly is Composable Infrastructure and how do you implement it?

Elastic and Fully-Automated Infrastructure

Composable Infrastructure begins with disaggregating compute nodes from storage, essentially moving the drives to simple storage systems on a standard Ethernet network. Through a REST API, GUI or template, users choose the instances of compute and the instances of storage required by an application or workload and the cluster of resources is created on the fly ready for application deployment. Similar to the way users chooses instances in the public cloud and the cloud provider stitches that solution together, composable provides the ability to flexibly create, adapt, deploy and redeploy compute and storage resources instantly using pools of heterogeneous, commodity compute, storage and network fabric.

Composable gives you cloud agility and scale, and fundamentally different economics.
  • Eliminate Wasted Spend: With local storage inside the server, fixed configurations of compute and storage resources end up trapped inside the box and left unused. Composable Infrastructure enables the ability to independently scale processing and storage and make adjustments to deployments on the fly. Composable eliminates overprovisioning and stranded resources and enables the acquisition of lower cost hardware.
  • Low Cost, Automated Infrastructure: Providing automated infrastructure on premises, composable enables the flexibility and agility of cloud architectures, and creates independent lifecycles for compute and storage lowering costs and eliminating the noisy neighbors problem in the cloud.
  • Performance and Scale: With today’s high-speed standard Ethernet networks, Composable provides equivalent performance to local drives, while eliminating the need for specialized storage networks. Critical too, composable solutions can scale seamlessly to thousands of nodes while maintaining high performance and high availability.

The Local Storage Conundrum

Drive technology continues to advance with larger drives and with NVMe™ flash. Trapping these drives inside a server limits the ability to gain full utilization of these valuable resources. With machine learning and advanced analytics, storage needs to be shared with an ever-larger number of servers and users need to be able to expand and contract capacity on demand. Composable NVMe puts NVMe on a fabric whether that’s a TCP, RDMA or iSCSI fabric (often referred to as NVMe over fabrics), and user’s gain significant advantages:

  • Elastic storage: By disaggregating compute and storage, NVMe drives or slices of drives can be attached to almost any number of servers. The amount of storage can be expanded or reduced on demand. And a single building block vendor SKU can be used across a wide variety of configurations and use cases eliminating operational complexity. 
  • Increased storage utilization:  Historically, flash utilization has been a significant concern. Composable NVMe over fabrics enables the ability to gain full utilization of the drives and the storage system. Resources from storage systems are allocated to servers in a simple and fully-automated way – and very high IOPS and low-latency comparable to local drives is maintained. 

The Elastic Bare Metal Cloud Data Center

Deploying Kubernetes containerized applications bare metal with Composable Infrastructure enables optimized resource utilization and application, data and hardware availability. The combination of Kubernetes with programmable bare-metal resources turns any data center into a cloud.

Composable data centers eradicate static infrastructure and impose a model where hardware is redefined as a flexible, adaptable set of resources composed and re-composed at will as applications require – making infrastructure as code a reality. Hardware elasticity and cost-efficiencies can be achieved by using disaggregated, heterogeneous building blocks, requiring just a single diskless server SKU and a single eBOD (Ethernet-attached Box of Drives) SKU or JBOD (Just a Box of Drives) SKU to create an enormous array of logical server designs. Failed drives or compute nodes can be replaced through software, and compute and storage are scaled or upgraded independently. And with the ability to quickly and easily determine optimal resource requirements and adapt ratios of resources for deployed applications, composable data centers won’t leave resources stranded or underutilized.

Getting Started with Composable Infrastructure

Composable Infrastructure is built to meet the scale, performance and high availability demands of data-intensive and cloud-native applications while dramatically lowering the cost of deployment. Moving from static to fluid infrastructure may sound like a big jump, but composable doesn’t require a forklift upgrade. Composable Infrastructure can be easily added to a current cluster and used for the expansion of that cluster. It’s a seamless way to get started and to see cost-savings on day one.

Deploying applications in a composable data center will make it easier for IT to meet the needs of the business, while increasing speed to deployment and lowering infrastructure costs. Once you experience the power and control provided by Composable Infrastructure, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

About DriveScale  
DriveScale instantly turns any data center into an elastic bare-metal cloud with on-demand instances of compute, GPU and storage, including native NVMe over Fabrics, to deliver the exact resources a workload needs, and to expand, reduce or replace resources on the fly. With DriveScale, high-performance bare-metal or Kubernetes clusters deploy in seconds for machine learning, advanced analytics and cloud-native applications at a fraction of the cost of the public cloud. www.drivescale.com

Monday, August 12, 2019

InfiniteIO partners with Cloudian to optimize private cloud storage

InfiniteIO, which specializes in hybrid cloud storage, and Cloudian, which offers enterprise object storage systems, introduced a joint solution that optimizes storage cost and performance with no changes to users, applications or systems.

The companies said their solution helps ensure data is properly placed across primary and secondary storage as well as public cloud, potentially saving millions of dollars in primary and backup storage costs. Organizations can install InfiniteIO like a network switch to offload file metadata operations and intelligently migrate hundreds of petabytes of inactive data from on-premises NAS systems to the exabyte scalable Cloudian object storage system, with no downtime or disruption to existing IT environments. The companies claim their solution can attain highly available enterprise-class storage with the performance of all-flash NAS in all storage tiers.

“Cloudian’s focus on delivering limitlessly scalable, highly cost-effective storage is the foundation enterprises need to manage and protect increasing data volumes across on-premises, hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environments,” said Liem Nguyen, vice president of marketing at InfiniteIO. “The simplicity, performance and scale that InfiniteIO and Cloudian are bringing together will help organizations extend their existing IT investments to save money yet uniquely avoid disruption to their business.”

DataLocker updates SafeCrypt Encrypted Virtual Drive with AES 256-bit

DataLocker launched a new version of its encrypted storage solution that provides a layer of military grade, AES 256-bit encryption.

DataLocker's new SafeCrypt is a file encryption application that ensures data is secured and encrypted. By creating a virtual drive using SafeCrypt, files stored on the encrypted virtual drive are encrypted at the desktop level and stored on the user’s preferred storage location fully secured.

“SafeCrypt is an encrypted virtual drive where for the first time, users are in control of their own encryption. Encrypting your data is as easy as entering your password and reading and writing to the virtual drive letter,” said Jay Kim, CEO, DataLocker. “SafeCrypt is seamlessly integrated with DataLocker’s SafeConsole central management platform. SafeConsole allows administrators to inventory, audit, and control all SafeCrypt endpoints remotely.”

SafeCrypt Features:

  • Utilizes AES 256-bit Encryption
  • FIPS 140-2 Validated 
  • Data is encrypted locally by the user and can be stored on a local drive, external drive, or in the cloud
  • Encryption keys are kept by the user to limit unwarranted access

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Zoned Storage Initiative aims for Zettabyte Scale data centers

A new Zoned Storage Initiative backed by Western Digital is aiming to achieve greater economies of scale for data center storage as we approach the zettabyte-scale era.

The Zoned Storage architecture enables applications, host and storage to orchestrate data placement and take full advantage of the highest available storage capacities typically with shingled magnetic recording (SMR) HDDs and the emerging zoned namespaces (ZNS) standard for NVMe SSDs to deliver better endurance and predictable, low-latency QoS performance. A planned extension of the NVMe standard, ZNS complements SMR technology, enabling developers to take advantage of both SMR and ZNS under a single storage stack, regardless of media type. With 50 percent of Western Digital’s HDD exabyte shipments expected to be on SMR by 2023, customers will be able to leverage their SMR application development to encompass high-capacity ZNS SSDs. Delivering intelligence to application architectures, SMR and ZNS will be key foundational building blocks of the new zettabyte-scale era now and into the future.

Western Digital is also announcing its ZNS development SSD for early Zoned Storage efforts. ZNS NVMe SSDs offer several benefits over traditional NVMe SSDs. Conforming to the ZNS feature set, as defined and governed by NVM Express, Inc., these ZNS SSDs are designed to lower write amplification, increase capacity, and provide improved throughput and latency. ZNS SSDs achieve these improvements by aligning “zones” to the internal physical properties of the SSDs, eliminating inefficiencies in the placement of data.

“If you think about the digital universe and how much content will be generated – from healthcare to autonomous cars to digital marketplaces and smart cities – we’re just scratching the surface of zettabyte-scale,” said Martin Fink, CTO, Western Digital. “With this data deluge, data centers architects can’t simply solve problems in the same way using general-purpose IT. The Zoned Storage initiative, along with our innovations in Flash and SMR – including our 20TB on nine-disks – gives customers the tools and resources needed to architect and intelligently optimize workloads for generations to come. Through our understanding of software stacks, and proven contributions to initiatives and standards committees such as RISC-V and NVMe/NVMe-oF, we look forward to sharing that knowledge with the open-source community to help drive support and adoption of ZNS and SMR.”


Sunday, June 9, 2019

IDC: Enterprise storage capacity shipments grow 14% in Q1, sales dip

Vendor revenue in the worldwide enterprise storage systems market decreased 0.6% year over year to $13.4 billion during the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker.

Total capacity shipments were up 14.1% year over year to 114.2 exabytes during the quarter.

Some highlights from IDC:
  •  datacenters declined 5.3% year over year in 1Q19 to $2.95 billion. This represents 22.1% of total enterprise storage investments during the quarter. 
  • Sales of server-based storage decreased 6.6% year over year to just over $3.6 billion in revenue. This represents 26.6% of total enterprise storage investments. 
  • The external storage systems market revenue totaled nearly $6.9 billion during the quarter, up 5.0% from 1Q18.

"First quarter 2019 results are an acceleration of the slowdown we noted last quarter, with declining ODM and internal (server-based) storage the primary drivers of market contraction." said Sebastian Lagana, research manager, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies. "OEM vendors selling dedicated storage arrays still generated growth during the quarter, although slowing flash-centric array growth indicates that the opportunity for existing install-base upgrades is beginning to wane."



https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS45155319

Monday, April 1, 2019

Kingston intros high write endurance microSD cards

Kingston Digital introduced a line of High Endurance microSD cards designed for write-intensive application use such as home security and surveillance cameras, dash cams and body cams.

Kingston said its High Endurance microSD cards are engineered and tested for use in harsh conditions and are durable enough to protect from extreme temperatures, shock, water and x-rays.

“Surveillance footage captured by home security systems and dash cams can prove to be incredibly valuable. Consumers need to feel confident their memory cards are built to withstand extreme conditions while still providing a stable storage solution to capture critical recordings when they need it the most,” said Annette Chan, Flash card business manager, Kingston. “Dash cameras in vehicles and security cameras at home are becoming more commonplace and with the addition of our new High Endurance microSD card we’re able to meet the ever-growing demand for capturing hours of video monitoring content, while providing high performance, seamless recording and trusted Kingston reliability.”

Kingston’s High Endurance microSD cards are available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Azure Premium Blob Storage goes live

Microsoft announced general availability of Azure Premium Blob Storage, which is a new performance tier for block blobs and append blobs, complimenting the existing Hot, Cool, and Archive access tiers.

Premium Blob Storage is aimed at workloads that require very fast response times and/or high transactions rates, such as IoT, Telemetry, AI, and scenarios with humans in the loop such as interactive video editing, web content, online transactions, and more.

Micosoft said Premium Blob Storage provides lower and more consistent storage latency, providing low and consistent storage response times for both read and write operations across a range of object sizes, and is especially good at handling smaller blob sizes.

Premium Blob Storage is initially available in US East, US East 2, US Central, US West, US West 2, North Europe, West Europe, Japan East, Australia East, Korea Central, and Southeast Asia region.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-premium-block-blob-storage-is-now-generally-available/

Kingston intros 3.78 TB data center SSDs

Kingston Digital announced the shipment of its Data Center DC500M Enterprise SSD optimized for mixed-use workloads to ensure predictable random I/O performance as well as predictable low latencies over a wide range of read and write workloads. DC500M is available in 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB and 3.84TB capacities.

This is the second drive in the DC500 series. Last week, the company began shipping its DC500R SSD optimized for read-centric applications.

“Eighty (80) percent of all enterprise SSDs deployed in data centers require less than one DWPD,” said Gregory Wong, president and principal analyst, Forward Insights. “As data centers seek the optimal balance between application-required endurance, capacity and cost, this trend is expected to continue.”

“Quality of Service in an enterprise SSD is essential for Cloud computing applications that require predictable storage performance levels and meet customer service level agreements. The new DC500 Series SSDs deliver excellent performance to intensive data center applications from the development stage of the application to the end-user customer experience downstream,” said Keith Schimmenti, enterprise SSD business manager, Kingston. “To ensure the security of user data, DC500 incorporates end-to-end data path protection and power-loss protection to safeguard data in-flight in the event of sudden power loss. This is the optimal data center storage solution when you combine its enterprise-class reliability and strict QoS requirements along with Kingston’s legendary pre- and post-sales support.”

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Samsung intros 12GB DRAM for mobiles

Samsung Electronics Co. announced mass production of the industry’s first 12-gigabyte (GB) low-power double data rate 4X (LPDDR4X) package -- the highest-capacity mobile DRAM to date.

"With mass production of the new LPDDR4X, Samsung is now providing a comprehensive lineup of advanced memory to power the new era of smartphones, from 12GB mobile DRAM to 512GB eUFS 3.0 storage," said Sewon Chun, executive vice president of Memory Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "Moreover, with the LPDDR4X, we’re strengthening our position as the premium mobile memory maker best positioned to accommodate rapidly growing demand from global smartphone manufacturers."

The 12GB capacity was achieved by combining six 16-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4X chips based on the second-generation 10nm-class (1y-nm) process into a single package. The new 12GB mobile memory delivers a data transfer rate of 34.1GB per second while minimizing the increase in power consumption inevitably caused by a boost in DRAM capacity.


Monday, January 7, 2019

Toshiba announces 16TB HDDs for cloud data centers

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage introduced a 16TB Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) HDD -- a new industry record, according to the company, and 14% more capacity than prior 14TB models. The drive is optimized for mixed random and sequential read and write workloads in both cloud and traditional data center environments.

The MG08 Series is Toshiba’s second-generation helium-sealed HDD family, and eighth-generation Enterprise Capacity HDD family. It uses a 9-disk helium design and features 7,200rpm performance, a 550TB per year workload rating, a 2.5 million-hour MTTF, a 512Mib cache buffer, and a choice of SATA and SAS interfaces—all in an industry-standard, 3.5-inch form factor.

“Toshiba’s new 16TB MG08 Series delivers new levels of storage capacity and density while delivering improved power efficiency for our cloud-scale and storage solutions customers. Only high-density HDD technology can achieve our customers’ critical TCO objectives at a cost of pennies per GB”