Diablo Turns DDR4 Memory into Persistent Storage

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When it comes to using memory as a persistent form of storage, the options today are indeed plentiful.

At the Flash Memory Summit this week, Diablo Technologies unveiled Carbon2, an upgrade to the company’s storage platform that is based on DDR4 memory and that plugs directly into the memory channel of a server.

Jerome McFarland, principal product marketer for Diablo, says the company’s Memory Channel Storage (MCS) line of products is designed to turn memory into a persistent form of storage that plugs directly into the fastest I/O channel on any server.

Diablo has an existing alliance with IBM under which its MCS products are offered as an option on certain classes of IBM X-Series servers, which are in the process of being acquired by Lenovo. Diablo this week also announced an agreement with Supermicro through which the distributor will also make MCS products more broadly available.

At the Flash Summit, Diablo was also showing off a new NanoCommit Technology API that couples DRAM more closely with Flash memory. McFarland says the ultimate goal is to drive a level of convergence between DRAM and Flash memory that would allow both types of memory to be accessed in a way that would make larger pools of Flash memory appear to applications as though they were running right next to DRAM.

The Carbon2 Reference Design Kit (RDK) will be made available to server and storage vendors in the first half of 2015, so it may be a little while before IT organizations see Carbon2 technology showing up in their data centers.

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