Serial ATA News
April 04, 2017
Semiconductor maker Microsemi unveils SmartROC 3100 and SmartIOC 2100 SAS and SATA technology gained in the PMC-Sierra acquisition. The chipset is used to build custom server boards.
April 05, 2016
Intel's PCIe-attached NVMe drive families include one for server-side enterprise apps and another to replace SATA SSDs in cloud environments.
March 31, 2016
Gen9 ProLiant storage servers are the focus of HPE's Persistent Memory product launch, including an 8 GB NVDIMM module and a family of PCIe NVMe flash drives.
February 12, 2016
Experts predict solid-state technology will remain hot in 2016, leading to the demise of high-speed hard disk drives, as all-flash arrays outsell disk-only systems.
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Dennis Martin walks you through the flash technology advancements that are helping make server-side storage challenges a thing of the past. Continue Reading
Though storage acceleration technologies are available, Taneja Group research shows that IT admins still struggle with performance. Continue Reading
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The NVMe and PCIe combination of protocol and interconnect was an inevitable development once solid-state drives were created, as was moving NVMe to fabrics. Continue Reading
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Flash storage is the fastest-growing segment of the storage market, and there are a number of emerging drive technologies and flash standards that you should be aware of. The biggest news on the drive technology front that's happening today is the introduction of 3D NAND chips. These chips are stacked vertically to increase the density of cells on a single chip, which in turn increases overall capacity. Another key development is the use of TLC, or triple-level cell, flash in enterprise arrays, due to more sophisticated flash controllers that can balance the wear on these less expensive drives. This is becoming common today and it will further reduce flash costs, making the technology more appealing to a wider variety of organizations. It will also bring flash even closer to cost parity with hard disk drive systems, which may help to drive the popularity of all-flash arrays. As noted above, there are also a number of new flash drive standards aimed at ensuring that chips and drives from multiple vendors are compatible -- SATA Express and nonvolatile memory express. Our Drill Down on new drive technologies and standards will put these SATAe and NVM Express standards in context and explain the importance of both SATAe and NVM Express. You'll also learn about how NAND chips are evolving and possible successors to the technology. Continue Reading
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Starting from Windows 7 and minimum memory and storage, my two ThinkPads going strong 5 years later, including storage, memory, and USB 3.0 upgrades. Continue Reading
In repurposing a PC for a family member, I learn that swapping out mSATA SSDs needs cool tools -- MiniTool Partition Wizard and Macrium Reflect. Continue Reading
If you're using a flash-based storage system, you're familiar with caching and tiering to accelerate data. Storage tiering is used in hybrid flash storage systems to separate active and inactive data. Active data is kept on the flash tier, while inactive data is moved to a less-expensive storage tier. If the data becomes "hot" once again, it is moved back to the flash tier. Because data only lives on one tier at a time, tiered architectures need to have some kind of redundancy built into them.
In caching, data is copied or mirrored from one tier to another, so active data is on multiple tiers at the same time. If the active data is no longer needed, the cache will just create flash space for new data sets to use.
Vendors implement tiering technology in various ways. Some even have a "flash-first" approach that puts all data on flash before it is moved to a hard disk tier to become inactive. Users therefore have to be careful not to overprovision flash in these environments.
The decision to use tiering or caching depends on a variety of factors, such as the number of applications that require access to high-performance storage resources, the I/O patterns of these applications and your budgetary constraints.
Learn when to use each of these technologies in your own environment.Continue Reading
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NVMe improves the performance of flash storage, driving consumers to use it for performance problems even if it only leads to minimal gains in latency or throughput. Continue Reading
A switch from HDD to SSD and a clean install of Windows 10 gives a three-year old T530 Lenovo laptop a new lease on life and productivity. Continue Reading
Marc Staimer takes a closer look in this Expert Answer at how 3D NAND flash vendors keep bit rot from taking place, a vexing challenge given 3D NAND flash technology Continue Reading