Shedding the Restraints on Enterprise Storage: Top 11 Reasons to Use Memory
OTTAWA, Ontario, Feb. 26, 2014
OTTAWA, Ontario, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise storage has
historically been hampered by technical and architectural factors that
severely limit application performance. The I/O limitations of hard disk-based
arrays, and the latency imposed by PCI-Express based SSDs and architectures
such as SAN and NAS, create bottlenecks for applications where speed and
determinism are paramount.
The emergence of solid state flash continues to disrupt the storage market
with the recent introduction of Memory Channel Storage™ (MCS™), an
award-winning platform that delivers tens of terabytes of flash capacity in a
single server with near-DRAM speeds. MCS technology puts NAND flash into a
DIMM form factor and enables it to interface with the CPU via the integrated
memory controller. The result is a new class of high-performance, in-memory
storage that eliminates the OS/IO/network overhead inherent to legacy storage
Diablo Technologies™, a proven innovator in memory system interface products
and creator of the MCS architecture, offers eleven reasons to leverage this
ground-breaking technology to optimize application performance for database,
big data, virtualization, and low latency workloads.
1.Faster Data Persistence – Memory Channel Storage provides significantly
lower write latency than any other flash storage technology. Creating and
updating persistent data is now faster than ever before with as low as 5
microsecond write latency.
2.Zero-Compromise Performance – MCS eliminates the trade-off between IOPS
and latency that is inherent to other flash storage solutions.
Applications can now support heavy I/O while maintaining fast response
times to ensure IT managers no longer need worry about tuning for just one
of these performance attributes.
3.Predictable Response Times – MCS provides extremely deterministic
latency. Uncertainty surrounding storage-related Quality-of-Service (QoS)
can now be eliminated. As an example, IT managers deploying VDI can be
assured of consistent response times for virtual machines, providing their
users with a satisfying session experience.
4.Efficient Scalability – The MCS architecture enables the flash storage
solution to tightly fit the customer requirements. MCS I/O performance is
linearly scalable and total capacity can be "right-sized" to match
application needs. Current products based on Memory Channel Storage are
available as 200 GB or 400 GB modules. Multiple modules can be integrated
into servers or storage arrays as needed, based on the capacity and
performance requirements of specific applications.
5.Platform Flexibility–Most data centers employ a variety of storage
solutions depending on the challenges faced. Via its combined advantages
(i.e. ultra-fast persistence, supports heavy I/O without compromising
response time, determinism, scalability), MCS provides a uniquely flexible
platform that can address a wide variety of workloads.
6.Strong Mixed-Workload Performance–Due to its distributed architecture,
MCS provides strong mixed-workload performance. Not only can MCS-based
modules be written to or read from in parallel, but applications also have
the flexibility to write to individual modules while reading from others.
Mixed workload applications, such as databases and virtualized
environments, benefit greatly and are ideally suited for MCS-based
7.Flexible Form Factor –By placing persistent memory on a standard DIMM
module, MCS-based products will fit into any server or storage design that
utilizes the standard DIMM form factor. Flash memory can easily be
integrated into standard server and storage arrays with no modifications
to the motherboards or chassis and without the complexity of blade servers
requiring custom PCIe mezzanine cards. This makes MCS the most flexible
means of deploying persistent memory for enterprise and storage
8.Ecosystem Support –With support for the most critical operating systems
and hypervisors, MCS can be deployed quickly and easily into virtually any
enterprise environment. Driver availability for Microsoft Windows™,
VMware ESXi™ and the most prevalent Linux distributions and kernels means
broad applicability to enterprise applications.
9.Memory Expansion –MCS redefines the idea of memory expansion by placing
flash on the same memory channels as system DRAM. Paging occurs at near
DRAM speeds as these operations are simply transfers of data from flash to
DRAM within the same memory controller. No transfers through a storage
stack or movements external to the processor are required, thereby
enabling extremely fast paging.
10.Reduced TCO –With MCS, each node in a cluster is able to complete more
work in less time. With storage attached directly to the processors
rather than across I/O expansion connections and storage stacks, data is
accessed, manipulated, and rewritten to the flash in significantly reduced
time. Fewer nodes also means less external storage arrays filled with
large amounts of hot, spinning media, and lower power and cooling costs
that lead to a reduced Total Cost of Ownership.
11.Future-Proof Platform – The MCS architecture is designed with the ability
to utilize current NAND-flash as well as future non-volatile memories,
ensuring MCS customers will benefit from the capacity and performance
enhancements of technologies such as 3D flash, phase-change memory,
magnetoresistive RAM, and resistive RAM.
About Diablo Technologies
Founded in 2003, Diablo is at the forefront of developing breakthrough
technologies to set the standard for next-generation enterprise computing.
Diablo's Memory Channel Storage solution combines innovative software and
hardware architectures with Non-Volatile Memory to introduce a new and
disruptive generation of Solid State Storage for data-intensive applications.
The Diablo executive leadership team has decades of experience in system
architecture, chip-set design and software development at companies including
Nortel Networks, Intel, Cisco, AMD, SEGA, ATI, Cadence Design Systems, Matrox
Graphics, BroadTel Communications and ENQ Semiconductor.
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