EMC has acquired DSSD, a stealth-mode startup known to be developing a chip that would improve the performance and reliability of flash memory for high performance computing, newer data analytics, and networking. DSSD was founded by ZFS-creators Jeff Bonwick and Bill Moore and its chairman is Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim.
The prospects of what EMC and DSSD can achieve together are truly remarkable,” said Andy Bechtolsheim. “We ventured out to create a new storage tier for transactional and Big Data applications that have the highest performance I/O requirements. Working together with EMC, DSSD will deliver a new type of storage system with game-changing latency, IOPS and bandwidth characteristics while offering the operational efficiency of shared storage.”
Menlo Park-based DSSD will operate as a standalone unit within EMC’s Emerging Technology Products Division. According to the EMC press release, products based on the new DSSD rack-scale flash storage architecture are expected to be available in 2015 and will be optimized for:
- In-memory databases (e.g. SAP HANA, GemFire, etc.)
- Real-time analytics (e.g. risk management, fraud detection, high-frequency applications, Pivotal HD, etc.)
- High-performance applications used by research and government agencies (e.g. genomics, facial recognition, climate analysis, etc.)