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

February 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(TM) (MCS(TM)), 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 arrays.

Diablo Technologies(TM), 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(TM), VMware ESXi(TM) 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.

Website: http://www.diablo-technologies.com/


Dan Miller

JPR Communications

818-884-8282, Ext. 13


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