Microsoft and Samsung
may be rivals in a lot of ways, but in the tech universe, even competitors can put their differences aside and come together at times. These two have recently announced their intentions to cooperate of more efficient cloud implementations, testing our servers that utilize the world's first 20nm class Green Memory in Munich. A system based on Samsung’s 20nm-class DDR3 memory and solid state drives (SSDs) together with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V proved to be twice as fast as current memory configurations for servers setting up virtual machine instances and recovering data in private cloud environments. These advanced configurations also consumed as much as 50 percent less power per server.
“In an increasingly complex IT world, Microsoft Technology Centers (MTC) are set to provide complete solutions to customers, and we achieve this goal through strong collaboration with our partners. With Samsung’s Green DRAM and SSDs, we have just such a partner on board at the MTC in Munich to educate and to provide highly advanced solutions to our customers,” said Chris Bayer, Director, MTC Munich.
“By utilizing the green server solution which combines the two companies' leading-edge developments including green 20nm-class DRAM and SSD, our customers can enjoy achieving a high level of performance and efficiency in their server systems and also highly effective IT investment without having to increase the total cost of ownership,” said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president of memory sales & marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics.
Samsung’s 20nm-class Green was tested in 8GB DDR3 registered dual inline memory modules and in the SATA 6Gb/s 256GB SSD PM830 series, installed on server systems running virtualized environments with the Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise operating system and Hyper-V. They delivered power conservation and time savings of 50 percent compared to systems using 40nm-class* DDR3 and enterprise grade HDD.
Samsung enabled the Green memory solution that combines 20nm-class DDR3 modules and SATA 6Gbps SSDs for advanced server systems only five months after collaborating with MTC Munich for development of an optimized server solution that utilizes 30nm-class* green DDR3 memory modules. Samsung and Microsoft are planning to extend their collaboration to the other 27 MTCs worldwide in 2012. Test platforms equipped with Samsung Green SSDs are now available at MTC Munich and 20nm-class DDR3 server modules will be available at MTC Munich in the second quarter of this year. Will it all bleed over to the consumer universe? Perhaps -- this is definitely a good start either way, though.