PernixData virtualizes the flash storage layer, Fusion-io test enables test drives of its ioDrive2 at Microsoft Technology Centers, and Toshiba and SanDisk expand efforts to fabricate NAND flash memory.
PernixData FVP Flash Hypervisor. PernixData announced the general availability of its FVP hypervisor for server side flash. The software virtualizes all server side flash into a clustered acceleration tier that enables IT administrators to quickly, easily and cost-effectively scale-out storage performance completely independent of storage capacity. Installed in just minutes, the FVP allows IT to aggregate available server side flash into clusters that are used to satisfy the storage performance needs of the virtual infrastructure. Its patent-pending Flash Cluster technology enables any host to remotely access the flash device(s) on any other host in the cluster. As a server side solution it supports full read and write acceleration for maximum performance across all virtual applications. “Everyone running a virtual server environment wants predictable scale-out storage to go with it, but that simply hasn’t been practical to date,” said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at ESG. “By virtualizing the flash layer, PernixData let’s those shops have their cake and eat it too – they let you add the performance, predictability and linear scale-out requirements you need to operate a real virtual environment, without forcing you to change out your underlying storage architecture. How can that be anything but goodness?”
Fusion-io ioDrive2 featured at Microsoft Technology Centers. Fusion-io (FIO) announced that IT professionals can now schedule testing with the Fusion ioDrive2 featured at all Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs) worldwide. Microsoft SQL Server enterprises across numerous business verticals are achieving 10X or greater improvements in application performance with Fusion-io products, as well as significant savings in operational and capital expenditures. Through the MTC Alliance Program, the Fusion ioDrive2 is now available for testing with Microsoft SQL Server in all MTCs around the globe. When Fusion ioDrives are evaluated as part of an MTC Proof of Concept engagement, customers can also benefit from side by side testing and consulting from MTC Architects. “Enterprises around the world rely on innovative databases like Microsoft SQL Server to power their business,” said Sean Hehir, Fusion-io Vice President of Strategic Business Development. “Fusion-io solutions are easily added to datacenter servers to help Microsoft SQL Server customers of all sizes unlock the real-time value of their information. By teaming up with Microsoft to showcase the Fusion ioDrive2 at the Microsoft Technology Centers, the global Fusion-io team will help even more companies discover how Fusion ioMemory can accelerate the applications that power their success.”
Toshiba and SanDisk plan $4 billion Memory chip Factory. Toshiba and SanDisk have entered a joint venture to make NAND flash memory, and will split the bill for a new 400 billion Yen (approximately $4 billion dollars) memory chip production factory expansion. The new venture will help prepare process technology for 3D chips, stacking NAND die one on top of the other, and will add on to the existing plant at Yokkaichi Operations in Mie, Japan.