Smart Storage Systems And Diablo Technologies Unveil UltraDIMM – The Fastest Ultra-Low Latency Enterprise-Class Flash SSD

SMART Storage Systems 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.

SMART Storage Systems Diablod Technologies MCS ULLtraDIMM

“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.”

SMART Storage Systems Diablod Technologies MCS ULLtraDIMM

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.

SMART Storage Systems Diablod Technologies MCS ULLtraDIMM

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.

SMART Storage Systems Diablod Technologies MCS ULLtraDIMM

“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.”

SMART Storage Systems Diablo Technologies MCS ULLtraDIMM

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At first glance this technology looks damn good. Problem is that DIMM standards change. We’re currently at DDR3 and DDR4 is knocking on the door. The product lifespan is thus rather limited. If it would have been introduced when DDR3 was first released users would have gotten a decent product lifespan and return on investment. A purchase today would force the buyer to remain with DDR3 servers past their prime.

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Too true. Although enterprise systems last a really long time, the need to upgrade eventually wins out. At least the technology is there for a port over to DDR4, and hopefully that means a entry into the consumer market, rather than OEM-only enterprise.

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The most beautiful thing I have ever seen. What awesome tech.

RxUrien
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Yup, some really exciting announcements this past week. Hopefully we see a more affordable version of these DIMM modules.

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Yes. I would have to build a new computer as I just moved to a Mac mini, but that would be OK for these bad boys!

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This is a game-changer!!
Now we’ll need color-coded RAM sticks to differentiate from these NAND sticks.
Oh, and we’re going to need a lot more RAM slots.

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How do they achieve 400GB in such a small footprint!?

RxUrien
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Apparently all made in-house. No thermal benchmarks to show though 🙁

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