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Micron's SolidScale Leverages NVMe SSDs

May 04, 2017

Micron Technology Inc. has unveiled the SolidScale integrated platform in an effort to enable its customers and partners to build scale-out storage infrastructure that addresses the zettabyte era.

This top-of-the-rack storage system can support both cloud-native applications and legacy ones. And its support for NVMe (which is non-volatile memory express, a low-overhead protocol that uses memory to memory) means it’s an ideal match for machine learning, online transaction processing and virtual platforms and analytics applications, according to Micron Technology.

The SolidScale platform is both high performance and low latency. It leverages NVMe over Fabric and solid-state drive (SSD) technology to scale at near linear performance rates and reduce end-to-end latency to less than 200 microseconds. Its RDMA over Converged Ethernet fabric allows for low latency connections to nodes.

“With the introduction of SolidScale architecture, Micron is making a bold statement that we believe the data center of the future is going to be

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build around NVMe solid state devices and the interconnects that provide the performance these extremely fast devices require,” Tony Ansley wrote in his May 3 Micro Technology blog.

PC World reports that “SolidScale is a step in decoupling SSDs from servers and putting them into shared storage in data centers. It also provides a power-efficient way of packing fast storage into tight spaces.”

SolidScale employs Excelero’s NVMesh software to logically disaggregate storage from compute. And it uses Mellanox’s 100G RoCE adaptor as the RoCE fabric.

Micron Technology’s SolidScale has a logical volume feature that allows users to create and manage a single, centralized pool of storage. Storage pooling allows for the use of fewer servers to do the same work, or to use the same number of servers to get more work done.

Users of SolidScale can do their configuration and management via the platform’s Web-based graphical interface.

SolidScale is available for testing by Micron customers and partners now. The platform is expected to be generally available starting in early 2018.

Edited by Alicia Young

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