Storage Layers Moving to Memory Pools

The storage industry is changing at a blindingly fast pace. The vendor landscape is in flux and the technology adoption curve is accelerating every year. As the year comes to a close, many analysts and members of the press like to discuss predictions for the upcoming year.

The future of storage: persistent memory pools
At Tegile, the tectonic shift we see is the coming of persistent memory pools. “What the heck is a persistent memory pool?” you ask. The way we see it, a persistent memory pool is a layer of storage that can move data at the speed of memory — at scale. Persistent memory pools allow almost invisible latency — and large data transfers — in the blink of an eye.

Memory pools are large capacity collections of persistent memory (think NVDIMM, Non-Volatile Memory Express [NVMe], NVMe over Fabric [NVMeF]) that, in a relatively short time, carry economics that are on par or in the realm of HDDs. Our friends in the NAND manufacturing business have thrown Moore’s Law out the window. Solid state densities are going through the roof.

Moving to Memory Pools

This coming transformation will put the burden back on the application developers to write a new class of applications that can take advantage of this new world order. Storage will no longer be the laggard of the IT stack. Having been in storage since 1984, I can’t wait to get out of the IT gutter. Gartner calls it Bimodal IT. IDC calls it the 3rd platform. Call it what you want — but I call it exciting.

What makes this exceptionally exciting at Tegile is the split in the persistent memory market. On one hand, you have the fast getting faster. On the other hand, you have the dense getting denser. This split allows Tegile to leverage our hybrid roots and use persistent memory in our systems to make them incredibly fast and incredibly dense.

Enter the T4000 line: Gone are the days of storage silos
This is Tegile’s newest series of all-flash, hybrid and multi-layered flash storage systems. This new product line is architected to 1) take advantage of many layers of persistent memory class storage, and 2) push performance and density like we’ve never been able to do in the past.

Now, on a single storage system like the IntelliFlash HD (1.5+ PB in 5 rack units) that contains, DRAM, NVDIMM, high-endurance SSDs, and very dense flash, you can run your most mission-critical ERP software right alongside a long-term archive of last year’s scanned documents. Gone are the days of storage silos. You’ll see that the fastest of the fast and industry-leading density coexist in the same system.

How can IT organizations handle this rate of change?
The answer is simple: Lifetime Storage. This is a program that looks into the crystal ball three to five years out and prices a technology refresh into the maintenance cost of today’s storage system. This program allows a technology refresh in three to five years out, without a lumpy capital expenditure; we’ve smoothed that out into a predictable operational expense. We’re not just talking a controller swap, like some of our short-sighted competitors do. Lifetime Storage refreshes the entire system with current technology.

So, if you want to get on this incredibly fast technology curve (and stay on it with Lifetime Storage), check out Tegile’s new T4000 line.


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