Items tagged with PCIe

We’ve been critical of Apple recently for being frustratingly stagnant in terms of innovation (at least with handsets), and while it’s still debatable whether the iOS 7 and Mac OS X Maverick updates are worth getting excited about, Apple’s forthcoming Mac Pro certainly piques our collective interest; it portends some of that industrial design meets superb engineering, meets high-end features flair that we haven’t seen from Apple much lately. There’s of course the obvious fact that the Mac Pro is built as a cylinder with all the components facing inward as opposed to... Read more...
As it turns out, Seagate isn’t going “all-hybrid” after all; the company announced today that it’s releasing an entire lineup of SSDs, including its first client side SSD and updates to its enterprise SSDs. Previously, Seagate had made a niche for itself with hybrid drives (SSHDs), offering the slim, faster-than-HDD options for notebooks, but now the company is braving the waters of the SSD market. The 2.5-inch Seagate 600 SSD is designed for laptops and offers multiple z-heights (including a 5mm drive) and with a SATA 6Gbps interface with up to 550/450 sustained sequential... Read more...
When it comes to solid state storage, or just about any type of storage technology for that matter, there are two things you can never get enough of -- capacity and speed.  SATA-based Solid State Drives offer a good balance of both currently, as NAND Flash density continues to scale, but they can't compete with PCI Express-based SSDs, when it comes to raw bandwidth. PCI-Express SSD cards offer "direct attached" storage on a native PCIe system interface, without the need for translation to and from the SATA (Serial ATA) interface.  As a result, bandwidth bottlenecks are alleviated and... Read more...
ASUS developing an SSD? Surprising, isn't it? Well it shouldn't be. After all, the company makes everything from notebooks to smartphones to motherboards to graphics cards to monitors to optical drives to keyboards and mice to routers to audio cards to... alright, I need to stop myself. Given ASUS' huge enthusiast focus, moving into the SSD territory makes sense, but instead of going the "normal" route of starting off with 2.5" SATA models, ASUS has decided to reveal a PCIe product under its Republic of Gamers branding. Marco first introduced us to this upcoming SSD, dubbed RAIDR Express, at CES... Read more...
OCZ has released more details of the VXL 1.3 cache and virtualization software it teased before this week’s CeBIT 2013 in Hannover, Germany, and the upgraded offering includes virtualized “SAN-less”, highly available, fault tolerant environments courtesy of the software’s new synchronous data mirroring capabilities. The idea is to prevent data loss and virtual machine downtime at all times. The software maintains two identical, live copies of virtual machine data by mirroring the information across OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe cards (have a peek at our review of the card for more... Read more...
Most of the PCIe SSD cards on the market today, with the exception of products from Fusion-io, still rely on SATA or SAS-based NAND controllers to interface on the backend of the device to the NAND array. PCIe cards from OCZ, Intel, LSI and others use controllers from LSI SandForce or the like.  Fusion-io was the first company to introduce a true native PCI Express to NAND processor employed in their products, though Micron has also been cooking up their own native PCIe SSD technology for some time now. Today we're looking at the Micron P320h, a PCI Express SSD that was introduced to the market... Read more...
We've often spoken about the future of SSD technology eventually evolving away from "bridged" interfaces like SATA and SAS, to direct-attached, native interfaces like PCI Express.  It just makes sense.  With the ultra-fast random access times and high IO bandwidth of solid state storage, it's not the storage media itself that's the limiting factor, rather, non-native interfaces get in the way and become the bottleneck. A SAS or SATA controller still has to have its protocol translated over to PCIe so the host can talk to it, which wastes precious bandwidth and adds latency.... Read more...
Haven't heard too much news from Fusion-io lately, but the company famous for making PCIe-based solid state storage "a thing" is back in a big way. The company has today announced that it is bringing the power of its ioMemory technology to visual effects professionals with the Fusion ioFX. According to the company, the new monster is "designed to eliminate data bottlenecks that slow the creative production process for digital artists, the Fusion ioFX enables creative professionals to meet deadlines while exploring more artistic possibilities by bridging the performance gap between workstations... Read more...
Solid state storage is no doubt in many of our futures, but the pricing right now means that it's almost exclusively used in enterprise or high-end workstation applications. And that's exactly who LSI is targeting with its new Nytro application acceleration portfolio. It's a solution that combines PCIe flash technology with intelligent caching and management software, in order to increase application performance in datacenters / cloud environments. Nytro solutions allow datacenters to contend with massive data growth and speed the ability of databases and other applications to be accessed exponentially... Read more...
Super Talent this week unveiled a new extreme solid state drive (SSD) solution that skips SATA III in favor of PCI Express. It's the new RAIDDrive upStream, a new type of SSD designed to take advantage of the greater bandwidth PCIe affords with up to 1GB/s of read performance and up to 900MB/s of write performance, compared to 550MB/s for SATA III solutions. "The upStream is a perfect addition to any workstation running a variety of disk intensive applications," Super Talent says. "It’s perfect for Animation, Simulation, CAD and Sorting & Searching large databases. When time is money,... Read more...
OCZ announced the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe flash storage solution. The new Z-Drive R4 CloudServ delivers up to 1.4 million IOPS. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe SSD uses OCZ’s integrated Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 and OCZ’s SANRAD VXL virtual acceleration caching software. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ can be used as a high-performing host-based flash cache to dynamically allocate flash resources to accelerate all virtual machines. The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe SSD will be available in models ranging from 300GB-16TB capacities in the coming weeks. OCZ Launches Z-Drive R4... Read more...
EMC announced its new VFCache (formerly known as “Project Lightning”), a PCIe-based enterprise flash storage solution that uses both hardware and intelligent caching software to deliver speedy access to data. EMC claims that it can reduce latency by 60% and increase performance threefold. VFCache works with EMC’s own FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering) technology, which dynamically assigns more “active” data to faster, lower-latency storage and puts “inactive” data on less expensive, high-capacity storage. If that sounds like the large-scale enterprise... Read more...
The “Kilimanjaro” native PCIe to NAND flash controller platform, co-developed by OCZ Technology and Marvell, underpins a new PCIe-based storage solution called the Z-Drive R5, an upgrade to OCZ's Z-Drive R4. Kilimanjaro is designed to enable improved scalable performance and redundancy as well as lowered costs for data centers while obviating any other controllers, and the Z-Drive R5 is its foil. The Z-Drive R5 features high bandwidth capabilities, capacities of up to 12TB, OCZ Virtualized Controller Architecture 3.0 software, and broad compatibility with other systems and servers.... Read more...
Over the last few months, we have taken a look at a couple of OCZ-built products that leverage the company’s SuperScale Storage Accelerator with VCA (Virtualized Controller Architecture) 2.0. The first product to arrive was the RevoDrive 3 X2, which is a high-end, PCI Express SSD targeted at ultra-enthusiasts and workstation customers. Then came the extreme OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD, which caters to the enterprise. The latest OCZ product to hit the lab, the RevoDrive Hybrid also shares these traits, but its flash memory is paired to a 1TB traditional hard drive. With the RevoDrive Hybrid, the... Read more...
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