Next Generation Storage Tech Stories

Posted by Paul Braren on Feb 3 2016 (updated on Feb 5 2016) in
  • Storage
  • NVMeStack

    Source: Intel

    Yeah, I read stuff. Mostly tech stuff. Once in a while, I come across something particularly lucid. Quality techie geeky stuff, with pictures.

    Let's start this journey back in 2013, the dawn of PCIe SSD, as NVMe was just starting to surface. Yeah, that seems like ancient history, but this article is still spot-on and relevant for the basics of the storage tech that we're now enjoying in affordable consumer forms today, such as the Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2 NVMe drives.

    Check it out, a great read!

    Next, let's have a look at the outlook for newer, bigger, faster SSDs arriving in 2016:


    Note the mention of the Samsung PM1725, with 5.5GB/s read and 1.8GB/s write speeds. Holy guacamole!

    Finally, it's time to look further ahead at the brave new world of memory and storage getting all intertwined. Let's quickly get past the vendor hyperbole about the Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Module (NVDIMM):

    • Micron's NVDIMM

      Designed for applications that are sensitive to down time and require high performance to enable frequent access to large data sets, NVDIMMs combine the speed of DRAM, the persistent storage of NAND and an optional power source into a single memory subsystem that delivers increased system performance and reliability.

    • Intel's 3D Xpoint (CrossPoint)

      How would your life change if you could do things hundreds of times faster? If the wait went away? What if your storage device was that much faster? You could unleash the power of your processor instead of it working at a fraction of its power.

    and dive into a story instead, told in a way that just make sense. Business sense. Nerdy sense. Enjoy!


    Let's end this journey with a lovely infographic:

    So, what did you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.

    Feb 05 2016 Update

    A friend of mine has given me a heads-up about a recent, related article to check out:

    Storage-class memory (SCM), also known as persistent memory, may be the most disruptive storage technology innovation of the next decade. It has the potential to be even more disruptive than flash, both from a performance perspective and with the way it will change both storage and application architectures

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