Vendors look to exploit PCIe for fast storage

Intel, Dell, IBM, EMC and Fujitsu come together to develop new spec

Vendors may shortly be able to introduce SSD products that use PCIe to improve performance speeds. A group of leading vendors have joined forces to develop the standard which is expected to be finalised in the latter half of next year.

Speaking at a teleconference on behalf of the working group, Jim Pappas, director of technology initiatives at Intel, said that he couldn't say when products incorporating the new technology would be ready but hoped that they would follow shortly after the spec was ready.

He said that the working group, which includes Intel, Dell, EMC. Fujitsu, and IBM, was aimed at improving storage performance by using technology. He said that the working group's charter was based on emphasising the serviceability, high-availability, ease of integration, interoperability and scalability of Solid-State Storage.

By connecting direct to PCIe, users would experience a vastly improved performance said Pappas. "PCIe is the closest thing you can get into the computer and memory subsystem, We'd get the highest possible performance and lowest possible latency by attaching direct to PCie," he pointed out. It would offer notably better performance than the SAS and SATA offereings available today.

But, Pappas stressed it was important that the vendors didn't go down a completely new path. He added that a key element to the new standard was it would use the same 2.5 inch form factor that was widely in use today.

The creation of this form factor is one area that the working group is considering. The working group is looking at two other areas: the creation of a connector specification that allows interoperability among a variety of storage protocols, including SAS/SATA 3.0 and PCIe 3 and the provision of hot plug capability to create high-availability and serviceability benefits.

The biggest single omission from the list of vendors in the working group is HP. Pappas said that the other vendors wanted to welcome as many companies as possible on board and would welcome HP - or anyone else - joining.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags DellIBMstorageFujitsuintelemc

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Maxwell Cooter

Techworld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?