Storage vendor EMC has unveiled its VF Cache, a data storage platform based on the company's Project Lightning , which aims to deliver products using Flash technology.
The use of a sold-state storage drive (SSD), which is designed for use in high-demand server applications, allows vital information to be stored and delivered through a high-speed PCIe connection.
EMC Flash business unit senior director of product marketing and management Barry Ader told V3 that by embedding the SSD on a PCIe card, the company could dramatically speed the performance of its storage platforms and overcome a bottleneck which currently exists between the processor and storage drives.
"The Intel chipset is doing an amazing job of following Moore's law, but disk drives are not," Ader explained.
"This is causing a gap between what the disk drives are able to deliver and what the CPUs are able to consume."
The company believes that the VF Cache platform can help to close much of that gap. EMC estimates that data stored in the drives can be delivered up to 4,000-times faster than on a conventional disk drive.
The VF Cache platform will initially target high-performance markets such as trading applications and financial transaction systems. Soon, however, the company hopes to expand the platform with the release of its 'Thunder' system.
Using the same principles as the VF Cache cards, the Thunder system will expand the platform to a large-scale appliance capable of delivering extremely high-speed transactions.
"Think of it as taking multiple VF Caches and bringing them together in a single appliance," Ader said.
"It is now much more scalable, it is sharable across multiple servers and the result of the performance can now be measured in millions of I/O operations and the sustained performance can be measured in less than 200 microseconds.
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