In the IT industry there is a perfect storm for server hardware innovation with multi-core processors, virtualization, power management, and 64 bit being delivered in high volume. Another component - storage is changing as well. Here is one example of the changes coming in energy efficient storage besides SSD.
SUNNYVALE and MILPITAS, Calif., Nov 14, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), the world's largest pure-play provider of Flash memory solutions, and Virident Inc., an innovator focused on energy-efficient, scalable system solutions for the Internet data center, today announced the two companies will develop and market a new generation of memory solutions designed to dramatically reduce power consumption and provide excellent system performance in Internet data centers. Spansion also announced it has made an equity investment in Virident.
This innovative partnership will combine the revolutionary Spansion(R) MirrorBit(R) Eclipse(TM) family with Virident platform technology to create a new generation of memory solutions. This breakthrough memory approach will enable a significant expansion of main system memory in data center servers. The new memory will incorporate specific optimizations for server applications to enable fast read performance and high capacity, yet consume much less energy than power-hungry DRAM. MirrorBit Eclipse Flash memory consumes as little as one-tenth the power of DRAM on a per-Gigabyte basis.
Today, major Internet companies select server infrastructure for the delivery of their services in an environment constrained by the power demands and cost curves of DRAM, and the slow response times of the hard disk. The Virident technology together with Spansion MirrorBit Eclipse Flash memory opens up the possibility of storing much larger datasets in main server memory, providing excellent overall system throughput while living within the power and cooling constraints of the Internet data center.