Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

Lite-On Unveils Powerful New SSD for Enterprise Workloads

At the Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2018, LITE-ON Storage previewed the first EDSFF 1U solid-state drive (SSD) to emerge from its work with CNEX Labs. The revolutionary drive gained great interest among storage advocates.

In collaboration with such partners, LITE-ON delivers an innovative and highly efficient storage solution for scalable computing that aligns to Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications. The resulting EDSFF (Enterprise and Datacenter SSD Form Factor) SSD will provide a more cost-effective solution for enterprise and hyperscale cloud environments.

"Standard SSD solutions are great at handling many typical business workloads, but the complexity of storing information in both cloud and data center infrastructure requires SSD firmware to be flexible and adaptable," said Charlie Tseng, CEO of LITE-ON Storage. "LITE-ON's expertise in SSD firmware is perfect for the varying needs of customers."
The new LITE-ON SSD EDSFF solution delivers storage density, system design flexibility, thermal efficiency, scalable performance and easy maintenance with front-load hot swap capabilities. The hardware design also supports low-latency, 3D TLC and low-cost QLC NAND flash based depending on end-users' specific cloud applications.

Leveraging the CNEX controller's flexible dual-mode interface support, the LITE-ON SSD EDSFF protocol is configurable between traditional NVMe logical block addressing and the upcoming Denali software-defined interface (formerly Open-Channel SSD).

"CNEX is thrilled to be working with LITE-ON on next-generation SSDs for cloud infrastructure," said Dr. Alan Armstrong, CEO and Co-Founder of CNEX Labs. "SSDs are experiencing explosive growth due to their inherent performance advantages, but the industry must move beyond legacy designs to provide more advanced, flexible, cost-effective solutions for non-heterogenous environments. In concert with LITE-ON, we bring this to reality through CNEX's hardware design expertise and proprietary low-latency SSD controllers, which feature best-in-class performance, QoS, low power consumption, and flexible support for media technologies and vendors."

The LITE-ON SSD EDSSF is designed for ultimate flexibility for non-heterogenous and rapidly evolving cloud workloads - from high IOPS density artificial intelligence (AI) and compute-intensive applications to high capacity density near-line storage use cases. The initial design supports the EDSFF 1U Long form factor and 16TB of Toshiba Memory Corporation BiCS3 3D TLC NAND. However, capacity can go up to as high as 80TB with QLC technology.

No timetable for the new SSD's release was announced.
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8 Comments on Lite-On Unveils Powerful New SSD for Enterprise Workloads

#1
natr0n
It's quite long.
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_JP_
That's one long SSD, but could you guys stop with the weird acronyms, please?
"EDSFF"
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#3
bonehead123
says alot without saying much of anything that means anything to most average folks here :)
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#4
BadFrog
_JP_ said:
... but could you guys stop with the weird acronyms, please?
"EDSFF"
I think it fits right. Enterprise datacenter small form factor.

I guess it would be cooler if they just called the NGFF(m.2), bubble gum drives and the EDSFF, Ruler drives?

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#5
CheapMeat
I think the Samsung M.3/NGSFF will take off more than these rulers. Just seems more practical.


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#6
Basard
_JP_ said:
That's one long SSD, but could you guys stop with the weird acronyms, please?
"EDSFF"

LOL! We're all glad you're here! It took me over nine hours to notice that.
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_JP_
Basard said:
LOL! We're all glad you're here! It took me over nine hours to notice that.
I acknowledge your existence too. :)
Thing is, in English, some of these might not be that difficult to pronounce, however in other native languages, they are translated because it doesn't make sense to pronounce them in english and that's when it gets awkward.
In the end, this will just become a "server SSD". Putting some though into that, since we are in the globalization era, could help the rest of the world.
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Basard
_JP_ said:
I acknowledge your existence too. :)
Thing is, in English, some of these might not be that difficult to pronounce, however in other native languages, they are translated because it doesn't make sense to pronounce them in english and that's when it gets awkward.
In the end, this will just become a "server SSD". Putting some though into that, since we are in the globalization era, could help the rest of the world.
But you were referring to "EDSFF" translating to "Erectile Dysfunction Small Form Factor," right? Cuz that's what I was laughing about.
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