HP Introduces XP7 Enterprise Storage

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HP introduces XP7 enterprise storage for mission critical applications, PernixData launches new features for its FVP virtualization software, Micron releases a new enterprise-class SATA SSD, and SanDisk announces 15 nanometer technology.

HP introduces XP7 Enterprise Storage.  HP (HPQ) unveiled the XP7 enterprise-class storage disk array, with increased system density and ultra-high, flash-driven performance. The XP7 features 3 million IOPS (I/O per second) with sub-millisecond response times. The XP7 is able to consolidate up to 4.5 PB of internal storage onto a single array, and features a new disaster recovery capability with multiarray virtualization to prevent business disruption during or after online data migrations. It also secures data with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 encryption readiness. “Today’s mission-critical workloads cannot afford to forfeit performance or scalability for increased disaster recovery and data protection,” said David Scott, senior vice president and general manager, HP Storage. “With the introduction of HP XP7 Storage, we are supplying customers with a single system that is highly efficient, with features that can reduce the risk of data loss and provide nonstop data availability.”

PernixData launches new FVP features. PernixData announced today the availability of new PernixData FVP features designed for ubiquitous storage acceleration.  With the new version of FVP software, companies can accelerate any virtualized application using server RAM and/or flash, making it ideal for deployment in any server environment. New FVP features include the ability to virtualize any high-speed server resource, optimizing storage though decoupling storage from capacity, and ‘metro clustering’ for synchronous replication between hosts for complete fault tolerance. Storage is at an amazing inflection point where performance is being extricated from capacity to optimize application behavior and cost effectively scale IOPS, without disrupting years of investment in shared storage infrastructure,” said Satyam Vaghani, CTO and co-founder of PernixData. “By making FVP easy to deploy in any environment, and robust enough to accelerate any virtualized application using flash or RAM, PernixData is making decoupled storage architectures the de facto standard in virtual data centers.”

Micron releases new SATA SSD. Micron (MU) announced a new enterprise-class solid state drive (SSD) designed specifically for data center storage platforms. The new M500DC SATA SSD addresses enterprise applications requiring greater data throughput due to rapid growth in mobile applications, cloud services and connected devices. It uses 20nm MLC NAND Flash technology and fifth generation custom firmware, and integrates the Micron Extended Performance and Enhanced Reliability Technology (XPERT) feature suite. The XPERT architecture intelligently integrates the storage media and controller into a comprehensive architecture that meets the high workload demands of the data center by extending drive life, protecting data during power failures and ensuring overall data integrity. The M500DC is available in 120, 240, 480 and 800GB capacities. “System administrators are realizing that there is a need for an SSD that delivers more enterprise-features than a client drive at a more affordable price than most enterprise drives,” said Greg Wong, founder and principal analyst at Forward Insights. “Products such as Micron’s M500DC SSD offer data centers the optimal balance of enterprise class features, performance and price for demanding 24/7 enterprise workloads.”

SanDisk announces 15 nm technology. SanDisk (SNDK) announced the availability of its 1z-nanometer (nm) technology, and will ramp on both two bits-per-cell (X2) and three bits-per-cell (X3) NAND flash memory architectures in the second half of 2014. The 15nm technology uses many advanced process innovations and cell-design solutions to scale the chips along both axes. SanDisk’s All-Bit-Line (ABL) architecture, which contains proprietary programming algorithms and multi-level data storage management schemes, has been implemented in the 1Z technology to deliver NAND flash solutions with no sacrifice in memory performance or reliability. “We are thrilled to continue our technology leadership with the industry’s most advanced flash memory process node, enabling us to deliver the world’s smallest and most cost effective 128 gigabit chips,” said Dr. Siva Sivaram, senior vice president, memory technology, SanDisk. “We are delighted that these new chips will allow us to further differentiate and expand our portfolio of NAND flash solutions.”

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