Flash Memory Summit 2019: The Year of NVMe Computational Storage

Aug 21 2019

Scott Shadley

Earlier this I attended my 12th Flash Memory Summit (FMS) where I had the opportunity to mingle with the best and brightest minds in the storage industry, many of who I already know well 😊, as well as share with influencers our newest products and initiatives.  For instance, a few weeks ago, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) revealed the official definitions and categories of Computational Storage. I find great pleasure that I was able to help spearhead this effort as the Co-Chair of the  SNIA Computational Storage Technical Working Group (CS TWG) and share in this pivotal industry event.

As a highlight of the event, I had the pleasure to be on the keynote stage and introduce our technology and our CTO who highlighted why Computational Storage solves the issue of huge analytics when related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) problems. By bringing compute to the edge where the data is stored, Computational Storage now allows for ML to avoid moving large amounts of data around for training and reduces the strain on edge and core platform central processors, networks, and other systems and devices. Scalability becomes simple! I am excited to share the video and slides soon! Stay tuned.

In the midst of all the excitement at the show, we announced at FMS that we have embedded the Azure IoT Edge service directly within our Computational Storage solid-state devices (SSDs), making us the only platform to support the service directly within a storage device. To be honest, when we told Microsoft about it they were amazed and now need to figure out how to further optimize their platform. We enable even more edge infrastructure to reduce confusion about getting value out of data where it lies – in edge or in the cloud – as it is processed or analyzed where the results are needed most. Our enablement of this service within our Computational Storage Drives (CSDs) makes it easier for enterprises to run Azure workloads at the edge and enables a seamless workflow to Azure Cloud.

To add the great success of the show, we also introduced our 32TB Newport U.2 SSD, which offers <12W of power, doubling the capacity of the existing Newport Platform U.2 SSD form-factor. These drives are ideal for customers that need more storage capacity in an environment with strict power and space limitations. By offering a device of this size, with <12W of power requirement and the added Programmable Computational Storage Services (PCSSes), we have also set the bar for core non-volatile memory express (NVMe) SSDs.

We are already looking forward to the rest of 2019, have excitement about our efforts for 2020 and of course, FMS 2020. Computational Storage will become a market that cannot be lived without! For more information on our recent news, click here.

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