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Storage and Storage Software

Toshiba Claims QLC BiCS Flash 3D Memory

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Toshiba Claims QLC BiCS Flash 3D Memory

Toshiba announces the development of next generation 4-bit-per-cell quadruple-level cell (QLC) 3D flash memory-- allowing it to produce "the world's largest die capacity" at 768Gb (96GB).

In comparison, 3-bit triple-level cell (TLC) 3D flash maxes out at 512Gb.

The technology involves a 64-layer stacked cell structure, and allows the creation of a 1.5TB device with a 16-die stacked architecture in a single package, making another capacity record. This represents a 50% increase in capacity per package, at least when compared to an earlier Toshiba device with 1TB capacity via 16-die stacked architecture in a single package.

Creating such a device poses a number of challenges, since increasing the number of bits-per-cell by one within the same electron count requires twice the accuracy of TLC technology.


Drobo Presents 5-Bay 5D3 Thunderbolt 3 Storage

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Drobo Presents 5-Bay 5D3 Thunderbolt 3 Storage

The Drobo Direct Attached Storage (DAS) portfolio gets an addition-- the 5-bay Drobo 5D3, a storage solution featuring Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for a 2X performance boost over the previous Drobo 5D.

According to the company, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity also allows users to connect a pair a 4K monitors (or one 5K display) to the 5D3, or daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt 3 devices, all with enough power to (slow) charge a laptop. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, together with a USB-C port.

Designed for prosumers and small businesses, the 5D3 fits up to five 3.5-inch SATA II/III drives. It also offers an mSATA accelerator bay for what Drobo claims is a performance boost of up to 30% on frequently accessed data. Further increasing speed and throughput is an upgraded processor, while BeyondRAID technology allows for simple storage and easy expansion.


IDC: All-Flash "Shines" in EMEA External Storage

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IDC: All-Flash

The EMEA enterprise external storage market continues to decline in Q1 2017, IDC reports-- revenue is down by -3.9% Y-o-Y, even as the all-flash market exceeds expectations with 100.7% growth.

All-flash is particularly popular in W. Europe and MEA, where it sees "accelerated" growth. On the other hand, the traditional HDD segment is down by -34.7% in Q1 2017.

"Brexit uncertainty, unfavorable exchange rates, major vendors' internal reorganisations, and increased component costs for SSD have weighed down on EMEA performance once again, making Q1 2017 the 9th quarter of uninterrupted decline for the region," the analyst says. "However, as enterprises progress in their digital transformation paths, sales of all-flash array systems, standalone or converged, see no crisis in sight, doubling their sales compared to the same period a year ago and reaching a quarter of total sales."


WD Intros Ultrastar SS300 Enterprise SSD

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WD Intros Ultrastar SS300 Enterprise SSD

Western Digital (WD) announced the HGST-branded Ultrastar SS300-- the highest-performing SAS SSD from the company, designed to meet the rigorous enterprise demands.

Co-developed with Intel, the Ultrastar SS300 delivers speeds of up to 400000 IOPS random read and up to 200000 IOPS random write. It offers a number of endurance classes, ranging from 0.5 to 10 drive writes per day, as well as a range of power settings. These include a 14W power envelope for additional performance gains and an ultra-low setting for more efficient energy consumption.

Security comes through a choice of options, namely Instant Secure Erase (ISE), Self-Encrypting Drive (SED)-compliant with TCG Enterprise and SED-compliant with TCG Enterprise with FIPS 140-2 certification.


Cloud-Inspired 3D NAND SSDs for the Datacentre

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Cloud-Inspired 3D NAND SSDs for the Datacentre

Intel presents a pair of 3D NAND SSDs for datacentres-- the DC P4500 series and DC P4600 series, both ideal for cloud storage solutions, software defined storage and converged infrastructure.

Both drive series carry triple level cell (TLC) 3D NAND for "industry-leading density," together with a new Intel-developed controller, "unique" firmware innovations and connectivity via PCIe and NVMe. The DC P4500 series is optimised for reads, and as such promises "more value out of servers" as well as more data storage. Meanwhile the DC 4600 series is designed for mixed workloads, with accelerated caching enabling more workloads per server.


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