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Video: On the Role of Flash in Large-Scale Storage Systems

Nathan Rutman from Seagate presented this talk at the LAD’15 Conference. “So why is a spinning disk company talking about Flash? Last year, Seagate acquired Avago LSI’s flash division. We now have an array of flash-based storage. So I have nothing against Flash. This presentation is really on: Where does Flash make sense? I also have a personal agenda because I hate the term “Burst Buffer.” Everyone says “Burst Buffer” instead of saying “Flash.” It drives me crazy. So I’m going to explain what a Burst Buffer is and what it is not.”

Diablo Rolls Out All-Flash DDR4 Memory

Today Diablo Technologies announced the launch of Memory1, the first all-flash server system memory technology.

Jeff Layton on How 3D Flash is Changing the Market

“For a period of time, it didn’t look like flash drives were going to decrease in price very much. Flash cell technology is limited to around 20nm because of cost and complexity considerations, but manufacturers have found ways around the limitation. Rather than decrease the features size, they now store more bits per cell (TLC) and have started to create 3D flash chips. This combination, plus the growth in flash storage sales, has driven down the price per gigabyte.”

Diablo Technologies to Resume Shipments of Memory Channel Storage after Court Ruling

This week Diablo Technologies announced that the company will resume shipments of its MCS based chipsets. The news comes on the heels of ruling by a federal jury in favor of Diablo in a lawsuit brought by Netlist, Inc.

Hyped Technologies that Won’t Shine in 2015

“100% Flash in the Datacenter? It won’t happen any time soon. Many (most?) tier one workloads will be moved to flash of course, but data is adding up so quickly that it’s highly unlikely you will be seeing a 100% datacenter any time soon. It will take a few years to have about 10/20% of data stored on flash and the rest will remain on huge hard disks (cheap 10+TB hard disks will soon be broadly available for example).”