IT - Storage

176-layer NAND delivers a 37% improvement on current technology

"Micron has just unveiled its next generation 176-layer 3D NAND. The new chip offers a 37% improvement on its nearest competitor, Kioxia/Western Digital's 112-layer BiCS5.

The company says the new NAND will improve both read and write latency by more than a third compared to last generation's 96-layer floating-gate NAND, which could mean faster and cheaper solid state drives..."

176 Steps Closer To The Mythical All-Flash Datacenter
The Next Platform, November 11th, 2020
We have nothing against disk drives. Seriously

"And in fact, we are amazed at the amount of innovation that continues to go into the last electromechanical device still in use in computing, which from a commercial standpoint started out with the tabulating machines created by Herman Hollerith in 1884 and used to process the 1890 census in the United States, thus laying the foundation of International Business Machines.

Which, not coincidentally, created the first magnetic storage drive, a rotating drum called RAMAC, in 1956 and which was an innovator in disk storage for decades before it sold the business off to Hitachi in 2002 and which was acquired by Western Digital in 2012..."

We cap off this year's guide with an article on the importance of technology standards in industry.

The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) is a non-profit international organization whose sole purpose is to be the independent technology and marketing voice of the Fibre Channel industry.

We are committed to helping member organizations promote and position Fibre Channel, and to providing a focal point for Fibre Channel information, standards advocacy, and education.

Critical Capabilities For Object Storage
StorageNewsletter, November 12th, 2020
This is an abstract of a report of 23 pages, published on October 21, 2020, and written by Chandra Mukhyala, Julia Palmer, Jerry Rozeman, Robert Preston, analysts at Gartner, Inc.

Growing adoption of the Amazon S3 protocol by application vendors is expanding interest in on-premises object storage to store static data. In this research, we evaluate 11 object storage products vs. eight critical capabilities in use cases relevant to I&O leaders.

Key Findings

  • Traditional enterprise applications that were dependent on NFS and SMB protocols are increasing their adoption of the Amazon S3 protocol to benefit from the scalability and geographical distribution available in object storage.

  • Given the rise of the Amazon S3 protocol as a de facto access protocol for object storage, distributed file storage vendors are also offering S3 protocol access for objects stored in file systems.

  • With increasing options for low-cost storage tiers and granular security, public cloud continues to increase its attractiveness as a viable alternative to on-premises object storage.

  • Object storage vendors continue to add file protocol access, but the file access mostly remains a gateway and is not scalable and resilient like the underlying object storage.

Recommendations ...

You need to follow the best data migration processes to avoid unnecessary complications during the process

"We previously wrote about the importance of standardizing data migration. Unfortunately, many businesses are still at a loss over the data migration processes that they should be following, so we decided to talk in more detail about the benefits and practices.

If you are into business, there is no need to mention how data migration is essential for your business. It is not only your business, but almost every company has eventually undergone the data migration process. And there is not a single reason but many..."

Explore the best, most optimal architectures for intelligent storage and how these systems improve storage performance/utilization to help get more bang out of your data set buck

"Brute force has been the critical lever to achieving advances in storage technology for much of its history. Making storage devices bigger, faster and denser has worked well and will no doubt continue to contribute to improved storage systems, but it is no longer the best way to improve storage costs and performance. Instead, machine learning and analytics in the form of intelligent storage systems now drive the most important advances in storage technology..."

When it comes to storage media, all talk is of flash, but there are plenty of use cases where - far less costly - spinning disk can do a perfectly adequate job in the enterprise

"Over the last few years, much of the enterprise storage market has focused on flash technology, but the hard disk drive (HDD) format has plenty of life in it yet.

It is true that flash storage offers dramatic performance improvements over conventional hard disk drives. And flash memory drives have fallen in price and grown in capacity. Gartner, for example, expects prices to fall between 10% and 15% this year..."

Western Digital Releases 2TB NVMe M.2 SSDs
StorageReview, November 9th, 2020
Western Digital released one new 2TB NVMe SSD for the WD Blue SN550. The company also announced three other NVMe drives that are currently in development

"Western Digital was founded 50 years ago as General Digital. Since then, it has become a household name, providing digital storage devices for everything from home use to the data center.

Like the other SSDs in Western Digital Blue's SN550 family, the new 2TB one has an M.2 form factor. At 2TB, it provides twice the storage of the previous highest capacity drive. The line also includes 1TB, 500GB, and 250GB models. Western Digital's Blue family of storage is all targeted at consumer PCs and laptops..."

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