ULLtraDIMM

Supermicro today annouced that the SanDisk ULLtraDIMM Solid State Drive, the industry's first enterprise class memory channel connected storage solution, will begin shipping in Supermicro's Green SuperServer and SuperStorage platforms.

"The ULLtraDIMM SSD was designed to expand the reach of flash storage throughout the data center and scale to meet the requirements of any enterprise application - no matter how bandwidth or capacity intensive," said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. "We are very excited to partner with Supermicro in offering this innovative, ultra-low latency storage solution to help their customers accelerate the performance of their cloud, virtualization, HPC and other applications and experience the benefits of a flash-transformed data center."

If you don't know already, the Sandisk Ulltradimm is an enterprise class, ultra-low latency memory channel connected DDR3 drive aimed at write-once, read-many applications such as social media storage, though its write performance is good enough that it can still be rewritten safely, too. 

 The first Ulltradimm uses the standard DIMM slots to add storage to memory on a single board, resulting in write latency of 150µs, and read latency of less than five µs. Because of its low latency, it is also ideally suited to crunching large amounts of big data, storage to support processing of time-critical financial transactions, and server virtualisationRead rates measure up to 150K IOPS with a sequential read speed of 1GBps. Write rates hit 65K IOPS with a sequential write speed of 760MBps.

The SanDisk award-winning ULLtraDIMM can be integrated into an existing DIMM slot, SanDisk's idea here is for you to start utilizing the empty DIMM slots which the majority of the time are not even half filled in most systems. All this means ultra-low latency in business applications and results in improved application response times. It basically removes the performance bottleneck from the storage subsystem. Adding ULLtraDIMM's to systems can scale performance and capacity without impacting latency. This creates new opportunities for server system designs to support use cases that require extremely fast storage, such as VDI, transaction processing, virtualization, and cloud computing.

The ULLtraDIMM SSD, which was developed in partnership with Diablo Technologies, is expected to begin shipping in Supermicro's SuperServer and SuperStorage platforms in Q4 2014.

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