SOURCE: SMART Storage Systems

SMART Storage Systems

August 08, 2013 08:00 ET

SMART Storage Systems Unveils the Industry's Fastest Ultra-Low Latency Enterprise-Class Flash Storage Device

ULLtraDIMM™ Ushers in a New Era of Flash by Connecting Directly to the Memory Channel to Achieve DRAM-Like Performance and Latency

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 8, 2013) - SMART Storage Systems, Inc., an innovative enterprise solid-state drive (SSD) technology provider, today announced ULLtraDIMM™, the industry's first enterprise-class ultra-low latency (ULL) SSD. Connecting NAND flash directly to the memory channel via an innovative DIMM form factor design, the ULLtraDIMM SSD is a cost-effective storage device that achieves DRAM-like performance and crosses the final frontier of storage latency. The ULLtraDIMM establishes an all-new ULL SSD tier for enterprise servers and storage systems by providing consistent and ultra-low latency. This enables improved performance of various applications, including high frequency trading, cloud computing, virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and Big Data analytics.

"For many applications, low, consistent and scalable latency is of greater importance than IOPS performance. Current flash storage devices are undoubtedly a step in the right direction for most applications, however many data centers still struggle with latency that is consistent and scales in more mission-critical applications, especially those that require real-time data analysis," said Jim Handy, director at Objective Analysis. "SMART Storage Systems' new offering has the potential to help organizations get additional value from their applications because it not only provides low, consistent and highly scalable latency, but high throughput as well."

The ULLtraDIMM SSD connects flash directly to the CPU through the memory channel by leveraging Diablo Technologies' Memory Channel Storage™ (MCS™) architecture, which SMART Storage Systems has exclusive access to through the companies' technology partnership. The ULLtraDIMM SSD can be deployed via any existing memory slot and achieves the industry's lowest write latency at less than five microseconds and up to 150K/60K read/write IOPS and 1GB/s and 760MB/s of sustained read/write performance per DIMM slot . By adding more devices into the system, I/O performance scales linearly while maintaining consistent write latency, enabling enterprise data centers to increase total throughput for their applications without impacting response times. The ULLtraDIMM SSD can scale to unprecedented capacity and performance levels through the available 200GB and 400GB modules.

The ULLtraDIMM SSD leverages SMART Storage Systems' award-winning Guardian™ Technology Platform to enable the most cost-effective flash to achieve up to 10 drive writes per day (DWPD) over the five year warranty period, meeting the endurance needs of write intensive and mixed-workload applications. The ULLtraDIMM comes equipped with a full line of enterprise features, including SMART Storage Systems' third generation backup power circuit technology, full data path protection and data fail recovery.

"The ULLtraDIMM is a game-changer unlike any other the storage industry has seen," said John Scaramuzzo, president of SMART Storage Systems. "ULLtraDIMM allows for data to be accessed at speeds never before possible because of this innovative design which brings flash as close to the CPU as possible. This represents the final-frontier of storage latency and will not only redefine how organizations view and deploy flash storage, but will lead to increased opportunities to capitalize in real-time on the large data sets they are generating. This is the new standard for ULL storage in the enterprise."

The ULLtraDIMM has begun sampling with select customers.

For more information on ULLtraDIMM or SMART Storage Systems, please visit the company's website at http://www.smartstoragesys.com, the company's blog at http://www.smartstorageblog.com, find us on Twitter at @SMARTSSD, or connect with us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/smart-storage-systems

About SMART Storage Systems
SMART Storage Systems is a technology leader in the design, development and deployment of current and next-generation enterprise solid-state storage products. Combining leading-edge, enterprise-class design and proven world-class support, SMART Storage Systems leverages its deep expertise in Flash and enterprise storage technology. SMART Storage Systems delivers high-quality, high-reliability solutions to a broad customer base including tier one storage and server OEMs. In support of these designs, SMART Storage Systems provides award-winning innovations in solid-state storage technology, such as NAND high-endurance Guardian™ technology, to a variety of customers in the enterprise storage, enterprise server, data center, defense and industrial markets. SMART Storage Systems is part of the SMART family of global companies. See www.smartstoragesys.com for more information.

About SMART Worldwide Holdings
The SMART family of companies are leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of electronic subsystems for the most demanding OEMs around the world. The SMART companies have led the way over the past 23 years providing standard and custom products to today's leading global OEMs crossing all major electronic industries. These industries include PC, enterprise and industrial servers, networking, telecom, defense, aerospace, gaming and embedded application markets. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART Modular Technologies has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM and Flash memory in various form factors. SMART Storage Systems offers high-performance, high-capacity SSDs for enterprise storage, enterprise server, data center, defense, aerospace, industrial automation, medical and transportation markets. SMART's presence in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management and supply-chain management worldwide. See www.smartm.com for more information.