AnandTech | Testing SATA Express And Why We Need Faster SSDs

Even a PCIe 2.0 x2 link offers about a 40% increase in maximum throughput over SATA 6Gbps. Like most interfaces, PCIe 2.0 isn’t 100% efficient and based on our internal tests the bandwidth efficiency is around 78-79%, so in the real world you should expect to get ~780MB/s out of a PCIe 2.0 x2 link,… Continue reading AnandTech | Testing SATA Express And Why We Need Faster SSDs

SanDisk Crams 128GB on microSD Card: A World First

This week during Mobile World Congress 2014, SanDisk introduced the world’s highest capacity microSDXC memory card, weighing a hefty 128 GB. That’s a huge leap in storage compared to the 128 MB microSD card launched 10 years ago. via SanDisk Crams 128GB on microSD Card: A World First. Amazing to think how small the form… Continue reading SanDisk Crams 128GB on microSD Card: A World First

Group Forms to Drive NVDIMM Adoption | EE Times

As NAND flash is supplemented over the next few years by new technologies with improved durability and the same performance as system memory, “we’ll be able to start thinking about building systems where memory and storage are combined into one entity,” he said. “This is the megachange to computer architecture that SNIA is looking at… Continue reading Group Forms to Drive NVDIMM Adoption | EE Times

Follow-Up – EETimes on SanDisk UltraDIMMs

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1320775 “The eXFlash DIMM is an option for IBM‘s System x3850 and x3950 X6 servers providing up to 12.8 TB of flash capacity. (Although just as this story was being written, IBM announced it was selling its x86 server business to Lenovo for $2.3 billion).” Sadly it seems the party is over before it even… Continue reading Follow-Up – EETimes on SanDisk UltraDIMMs

Leaked Intel roadmap’ promises… er, gear that could die after 7 months [Chris Mellor for theregister.com]

  Chris Mellor – The Register http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/09/intel_ssd_roadmappery/   Chris does a quick write-up of a leaked SSD roadmap from Intel. Seems like we’re now in a performance plateau on the consumer/business end of the scale for SATA based SSD drives. I haven’t seen an uptick in Read/Write performance in a long time. Back in the… Continue reading Leaked Intel roadmap’ promises… er, gear that could die after 7 months [Chris Mellor for theregister.com]

OCZ sells out to Toshiba (it’s been good to know yuh’)

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/03/toshiba_buys_ocz/ Seems like it was only two years ago when OCZ bought out memory controller and intellectual property (IP) holder Indilinx for it’s own branded SSD products. At the time everyone was buying SandForce memory controllers to keep up with the Joneses. Speed-wise and performance-wise SandForce was king. But with so many competitors about using… Continue reading OCZ sells out to Toshiba (it’s been good to know yuh’)

Anandtech – New LSI series of Flash Memory Controllers

May the SandForce be with you Nice writeup from Anandtech regarding the press release from LSI about it’s new 3rd generation flash memory controllers. The 3000 series takes over from the 2200 and 1200 series that preceded it as the era of SSDs was just beginning to dawn (remember those heady days of 32GB SSD… Continue reading Anandtech – New LSI series of Flash Memory Controllers

All-flash IBM V7000 smashes Oracle/Sun ZFS box • The Register

What would happen if we replaced those 16 disk-based V7000s with all-flash V7000s? Each of the disk-based ones delivered 32,502.7 IOPS. Let’s substitute them with 16 all-flash V7000s, like the one above, and, extrapolate linearly; we would get 1,927,877.4 SPC-1 IOPS – nearly 2 million IOPS. Come on IBM: go for it. via All-flash IBM… Continue reading All-flash IBM V7000 smashes Oracle/Sun ZFS box • The Register

Facebook smacks away hardness, sticks MySQL stash on flash • The Register

Does Fusion-io have a sustainable competitive advantage or will it get blown away by a hurricane of other PCIe flash card vendors attacking the market, such as EMC, Intel, Micron, OCZ, TMS, and many others?  via Facebook smacks away hardness, sticks MySQL stash on flash • The Register. More updates on the data center uptake… Continue reading Facebook smacks away hardness, sticks MySQL stash on flash • The Register

Fusion-ios flash drill threatens to burst Violins pipes • The Register

NoSQL database supplier Couchbase says it is tweaking its key-value storage server to hook into Fusion-ios PCIe flash ioMemory products – caching the hottest data in RAM and storing lukewarm info in flash. Couchbase will use the ioMemory SDK to bypass the host operating systems IO subsystems and buffers to drill straight into the flash… Continue reading Fusion-ios flash drill threatens to burst Violins pipes • The Register