Storage, Memory And Foundry News

A number of pieces to news to catch up here, including announcements by Dell and Microsoft, Inifinidat, Hitachi Vantara, Kingston, DDN, Samsung’s Foundry business, Everspin and Cloud Constellation.

At the Dell Technologies World event Dell Technologies and Microsoft announced they are expanding their partnership to deliver a fully native, supported, and certified VMware cloud infrastructure on Microsoft Azure. Additionally, joint Microsoft 365 and VMware Workspace ONE customers will be able to manage Office 365 across devices via cloud-based integration with Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory. VMware will also extend the capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop leveraging VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure. Azure VMware Solutions are built on VMware Cloud Foundation – a comprehensive offering of software defined compute, storage, networking and management – deployed in Azure.

Infinidat has based its business on its DRAM-first architecture that leverages some SSDs and particularly lots of HDDs. The company’s Infinibox architecture is shown in the image below.

Infinidat Infinibox Architecture

Infinidat Infinibox Architecture


Infinidat recently announced its Infinidat Elastic Data Fabric, with some components available today and additional components available in mid-2020. Key enabling announcements include:

InfiniVerse is a cloud-based, AI-driven advanced monitoring, predictive analytics and support platform. It includes customizable dashboards for all InfiniBox systems, wherever they reside, as a single system in a SaaS-based offering allowing faster response to customer enhancement requests. In-depth insights give customers the ability to identify reclaimable capacity, forecast growth, model performance, and identify configuration issues that might impact performance or availability. At no additional cost to customers, InfiniVerse is available in 2Q2019.

InfiniBox FLX and InfiniGuard FLX are available immediately and provide greater data center agility by removing the traditional dependencies of hardware planning and management in a cloud-like consumption model. Through all-inclusive subscriptions for on-premises storage and backup, these subscription programs allow customers to pay for what they use, as they need it – scaling capacity up, or down, as workloads grow, retire, or relocate to other systems. Both programs provide 100% data availability guarantees, and include a full hardware refresh (controllers and media) every 3 years, included in the subscription cost.

Infinidat FLX

Infinidat FLX


InfiniBox Software Release 5, available starting in Q3, includes a series of software enhancements providing performance improvements, Network Lock Manager (NLMv4) for NFSv3 filesystems, Active/Active Replication for 100% data availability, and Non-Disruptive Data Mobility for simplified workload relocation between any two InfiniBox systems. Performance improvements include across-the-board latency reduction, enabling upwards of 2M IOPs and increased throughput up to 25GB per second.

Available in 2Q2019 are new InfiniBox hardware configuration options including 16Gb Fibre Channel, 32Gb FC, and 25Ge. New systems shipping in Q2 will also have future-ready capabilities such as NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) technology, and Storage Class Memory (SCM) to provide faster cache expansion for InfiniBox.

Hitachi Vantara introduced its Lumada Video Insights, an end-to-end, intelligent and adaptable suite of applications that the company says delivers operational safety and business intelligence using IoT, video, AI and analytics. The company says that combining the capabilities to collect, store, manage and analyze video data, Lumada Video Insights delivers valuable analysis and alerts to help organizations be more effective, efficient and secure. One of the key features of Lumada Video is data storage and management solutions that ensure high volumes and rapid speed of foundational data is available, complete and fault-tolerant while simplifying the complexity of data management. The company targets this system to help enterprise and industrial customers accelerate their internet of things (IoT) initiatives and cultivate their own smart spaces and ecosystems.

Kingston, a significant provider of client SSDs has made major changes to its enterprise offerings. The image below shows the company’s current DC500 drives along with three drives scheduled to come out in Q3 or Q4 this year (one SATA, one U.2 NVMe and one m.2 NVMe). The company is focusing on The company is focusing on <1 drive write per day (DWPD) enterprise application, where it thinks the bulk of enterprise applications require.  They are focusing on Tier 2 cloud companies as well as system integrators, both types of customers design and qualify their own hardware.

Kingston's Enterprise and Data Center SSDs

Kingston’s Enterprise and Data Center SSDs


Data Direct Networks (DDN) announced its intent to acquire Nexenta, a provider of Software Defined Storage (SDS) for 5G and Internet of Things (IoT), creating the Nexenta by DDN division. The company says it is combining three technology powerhouses, DDN® Storage, Tintri by DDN and now Nexenta by DDN, for the benefit of its customers’ AI and Multi-Cloud Data Management needs.

At Samsung’s Foundry Forum the company indicated that its 3nm Gate-All-Around (GAA) process, 3GAE, development is on track. The company noted today that its Process Design Kit (PDK) version 0.1 for 3GAE has been released in April to help customers get an early start on the design work and enable improved design competitiveness along with reduced turnaround time (TAT).

Compared to 7nm technology, Samsung’s 3GAE process is designed to provide up to a 45 percent reduction in chip area with 50 percent lower power consumption or 35 percent higher performance.

Conventional GAA based on nanowire requires a larger number of stacks due to its small effective channel width. On the other hand, Samsung’s patented version of GAA, MBCFET™ (Multi-Bridge-Channel FET), uses a nanosheet architecture, enabling greater current per stack.

While FinFET structures must modulate the number of fins in a discrete way, MBCFET™ provides greater design flexibility by controlling the nanosheet width. In addition, MBCFET™’s compatibility with FinFET processes means the two can share the same manufacturing technology and equipment, which accelerates process development and production ramp-up.

Samsung Field Effect Transistor (FET) Technology Development

Samsung Field Effect Transistor (FET) Technology Development


The GAA-based process node is expected to be widely adopted in next-generation applications, such as mobile, network, automotive, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and IoT. Samsung Electronics also launched the Samsung Advanced Foundry Ecosystem Cloud (SAFE™-Cloud) program. It will provide customers with a more flexible design environment through collaboration with major public cloud service providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, as well as leading Electronic Design Automation (EDA) companies, including Cadence and Synopsys.

In its earning call Everspin CEO, Kevin Conley, said that the company’s 256 Mb part is qualified for IBM’s Storwise V5000 product family. Everspin MRAM is being used in IBM’s FlashSystem 9100 and Storwise V7000 products. He also said that three products from SSD controller companies designed-in support for ites MRAM and qualification was proceeding with one of more to be completed this year. The company also secured two design wins for its 28nm 1 Gbit STT-MRAM product during Q1 2019.

Cloud Constellation plans to build a secure, global managed network services and cloud data storage in space to enterprise, government and military organizations. The company plans to do this with its 10 Space Belt satellites in low earth orbit (LEO). Seattle-based LeoStella was selected to manufacture the Constellation satellites.

A number of developments in storage and memory products at the device and system level create new opportunities for storage on earth and space, driven by advances in semiconductor technology.