Technological advances are going in every direction. But one thing that is closely related to each sector of technology and each of these sectors is dependent on it is none other than storage. When more and more advancement is going on, the data is also growing. To store this information, you need storage devices. The development of these storage devices is based along the lines of every other physical device that is developed – use less space, be quicker and be more reliable. A major portion of the IT budget is spent on data storage and managed storage services. And with the growth of AI, Big Data, and IoT, this will only grow. Thus there is a need for better storage devices and infrastructure.
To improve the current situation of data storage, research and development are being done in this field. The development is either on improving the current technologies or to bring a new technology. Take a look at the new storage technologies that have emerged in the last year.
Storage Class Memory
SCM has been used for secondary storage for a long time because of its characteristic of persistently storing data even after power is turned off. It has a byte-addressable memory type.
Some of the big players in the SCM like Intel, Micron and Everspin are doing more development in the MRAM; increasing the part density to 1 Gb. As MRAM has high performance, density and ruggedness, this new feature has attracted many new customers.
Apart from these major names, there are also Crossbar, Nantero and Adesto following the suit. Thus we can hope for some important announcements from them also.
PCIe Storage Networks
There have been some major developments in the PCIe segment of memory also. One company, in particular, Liqid is doing some part in it. It is an IT company that is working on both computer hardware and software. Its major work is in the product line that allows the user to create virtual servers from PCIe connected physical servers. In the similar regard, the company has taken a leap to produce a new product. From a commercially available PCIe switch chip, it created a rack-mountable PCIe switch. This enables you to extend a server’s PCIe bus externally, together with the bandwidth of PCIe and its much lower delay.
The purpose of creating such a device is that it will now allow building high-density rack of computers, storage and networks that use lesser space and store more data. It will also help to create virtual servers that may be optimized as per the needs of the application. This new concept is believed to pick up more pace in this year as it can play a major role in the Data Storage Management Services.
Flash memory might sound little too old to you but some recent signs of progress in flash like the implementation of quad-level cells (QLC) and the greater use of 3D flash have shown a promising future to this technology. Moreover, technological developments are not increasing the capability of flash memory but also making it more economical; targeting a larger customer base.
Tech giants like Google, Amazon and Microsoft Azure use object storage to store their loads of data. It is even cheaper than NAS but not so popular because the manufacturers only supply it on customer urges. Sometimes it becomes cheaper than renting cloud storage. It can be used for file storage if you need it. Now only the performance matters, hence development is being done to increase its performance.
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