Diablo Stalks Hyperscale Data Centers with All-Flash DDR4 Memory1 Modules

By Pedro Hernandez

Diablo Technologies today announced a major update to the company's line of flash-based DIMMs for servers.

Two years ago, the Canadian company debuted its Memory Channel Storage (MCS) technology, leapfrogging PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) performance by placing flash chips directly into the speedier memory channel. Last year, Diablo's Carbon 2 update helped narrow the performance gap between flash and DRAM.

Today, the company is taking another step in bringing its server storage technology to data centers with the launch of Memory1.

Cloud and hyperscale data center operators are facing a memory crunch, according to Alex Yoste, president of Diablo Technologies. As enterprises adopt more memory-intensive applications and big data processing platforms like SAP HANA, Hadoop and Redis, they are discovering the impact to the bottom line.

"All of that drives memory expense," Yoste told InfoStor. Considering that by the end of 2015, "20 percent [of all servers] are going
to be in hyperscale data centers" and by 2017 over 50 percent of servers will be housed in those massive computing complexes, businesses are facing
some budget-busting DRAM and server costs, he said.

Diablo's answer is Memory1, a new flash memory module that can replace conventional DRAM and potentially slash the number of servers businesses need to process their cloud and big data workloads.

With the new Memory1 DIMMs, data center operators can "use flash as system memory at one-tenth the cost per megabyte," said Yoste. Plus, there are "no changes to the operating system, no changes to the server," he added.

"The Memory1 platform allows customers to leverage NAND flash as pure system memory in a seamless manner, with no changes to their hardware and software stacks," remarked Riccardo Badalone, CEO and co-founder of Diablo Technologies, in a statement. "We've seen customers envisioning everything from aggressive server consolidation all the way to doubling and tripling individual machine profit."

Like its predecessors, Memory1 slots into a server's standard-issue DRAM slot. Available in capacities of 64 gigabytes (GB), 128 GB and 256 GB, the DDR4-compliant memory module can provide servers a major memory upgrade, asserted Yoste. Whereas current servers generally top out at 384 GB of DRAM, Memory1 can provide 4 terabytes (TB) of flash-based capacity, reducing the total number of servers by up to 90 percent, at least in one customer case, according to the company.

Memory1 is currently shipping to select customers and will be generally available in the fall. The company will be demoing the tech at next week's Flash Memory Summit, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on August 05, 2015