Sunday, March 26th, 2017

August 2016 – At the Flash Memory Summit, Multi-core processor developer Kalray was showing their new application in the storage space. The new solution uses not only the majority of the CPU power for processing but, also allows for the implementation of storage interfaces, high speed NICs and crypto. The product features in path encryption [...]

August 13, 2013, Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Zahid Hussain from EMC talked about the datacenter moving to more solid-state storage. The evolution to hyperscale datacenters is driving changes in architecture and equipment. Adding flash into the storage mix is not the same as adding another tier of memory and storage. The hyper-scale datacenter requires [...]

August 13, 2013, Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Jason Taylor from Facebook described the structural and architectural implications of flash in the datacenter. Although bulk store is still in HDDs, newer use modes are making flash viable in longer term storage. Facebook has five main regional server centers and serves 84 percent of its members [...]

August 14, 2013, Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Swapna Yasarapu from STEC moderated a panel on SSD use cases and implementation. Panel members were George Crump from Storage Switzerland, Bruce Moxon from STEC, and Sean Stead from STEC. Stead provided an overview of flash in storage, including platforms and form factors, as well as the [...]

August 14, 2013, Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Ed Dollar from Micron described the possible future of storage in the ’20 datacenter. The issues of big data and ongoing changes in hardware and software will cause the datacenter to look significantly different from what it looks like today. Data volumes and types have grown at [...]

August 21,20-12, Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA—John Scaramuzzo from Smart Storage Systems talked about the internal and external drivers for the storage industry. His talk was framed around the question, “if time is money, what is endurance related to?” As a background, the exponentially growing volume of data is increasing the complexity of the [...]

August 21,20-12, Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Radoslav Danilak from Skyera looked at the changing adoption rates for enterprise flash storage. The critical drivers for change are the physically limited capabilities of the HDDs. For mass storage, HDDs are one of the best alternatives with low costs per bit and wide availability. Unfortunately, the growing [...]

August 21,2012, Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Brendan Collins from HGST presented the concept that storage is alternating between commodity and specialized systems. New capabilities have to be matched to the end application. Today the data center is a hybrid of SSD and HDD. The increase in mobility over the last 10-20 years has changed [...]

August 21,20-12, Flash Memory Summit, Santa Clara, CA—David Eggleston from Rambus described the affects that changing technologies have on systems. Moore’s law allows for increasing memory over time and the availability of various storage modes influences next generation systems. Over time, systems adapt to memory. As a revolution, this leads to massive changes which amount [...]

August 2012, At the Flash Memory Summit we had a chance to talk to Jeff Bader of Micron about their directions and offerings for the embedded Flash space. Unlike the consumer external Flash memory solutions which are high capacity, low duty cycle and short lifetime products, dominated by NAND, the embedded space has different criteria. [...]