NAND Flash memory is the most disruptive technology to hit the data storage market in decades. Storage designers have spent the past several years placing flash in storage constrained environments, including SATA and SAS. In an attempt to lower latency and provide increased bandwidth, storage developers began leveraging the PCI Express bus, a fast but general purpose interface for moving data within a server.
All of these approaches have major limitations. While the PCI Express bus has the potential to deliver lower latency, PCIe devices must contend with one another, creating bottlenecks that hamper application performance as IO’s increase. In addition to contention, PCIe devices must interrupt the processor and require active CPU intervention, leading to reduced system performance and scalability. Furthermore, as performance scales, there is a dramatic increase in latency, resulting in high and extremely variable response times. This positions the PCI Express bus as an “improved” solution, but not the optimal.
With 90% of the world’s data having been generated over the past two years, IT managers needed an infrastructure that linked data directly to their managing applications. Memory Channel Storage™ does just that. Our revolutionary platform bypasses traditional storage architectures by placing persistent memory where it should belong – directly in the memory channel. The benefits are dramatic: