Shedding the Restraints on Enterprise Storage: Top 11 Reasons to Use Memory Channel Storage™

 Shedding the Restraints on Enterprise Storage: Top 11 Reasons to Use Memory
                               Channel Storage™

PR Newswire

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.


Dan Miller
JPR Communications
818-884-8282, Ext. 13

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