HP and SanDisk have announced a long-term partnership to collaborate on a new technology within the Storage Class Memory (SCM) category. Their partnership to collaborate on new SCM technology solutions is expected to revolutionize computing in the years ahead. According to HP and SanDisk, this new technology is up to 1,000 times faster than flash storage and offers up to 1,000 times more endurance than flash storage.
The partnership will center around HP’s Memristor technology and expertise and SanDisk’s non-volatile ReRAM memory technology, as well as its manufacturing and design expertise to create new enterprise-wide solutions for Memory-driven Computing. The two companies also will partner in enhancing data center solutions with Solid State Drives (SSDs).
This technology is focused on addressing the massive streams of data generated by the convergence of social media, security, mobility, big data analytics, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT).
“We are very excited to deepen our relationship with HP and enhance its leadership offerings by using our complete portfolio of enterprise SAS, SATA and PCIe products, and leading-edge enterprise system solutions,” said Siva Sivaram, Executive Vice President, Memory Technology, SanDisk. “Our partnership to collaborate on new SCM technology solutions is expected to revolutionize computing in the years ahead.”
The technology is expected to be “up to 1,000 times” faster than flash storage and offer “up to 1,000 times” more endurance than flash storage. It also is expected to offer “significant cost, power, density and persistence” improvements over DRAM technologies. The SCM technology and its characteristics are intended to allow systems to employ tens of terabytes (TB) of SCM per server node for applications such as in-memory databases, real-time data analytics, transactional and high-performance computing.
HP The Machine
The partnership aims for the companies to augment existing flash memory-based SSD product lines with this new technology, providing high-performance storage solutions to enterprise data centers. It also aims to contribute to HP’s “breakthrough” new computing model, HP The Machine, which would reinvent the fundamental architecture of computers to enable a quantum leap in performance and efficiency, while lowering costs and improving security.
“The onslaught of data facing enterprises will continue to be a challenge for the foreseeable future,” said Martin Fink, Executive Vice President and HP Chief Technology Officer. “We are excited to be working with SanDisk as they share an understanding of the significance of this challenge, and more importantly share a vision that the solution lies within Memory-Driven Computing. Together, we plan to bring new memory solutions to market and accelerate adoption in the enterprise, while simultaneously advancing HP’s development of The Machine to enable a new computing model over the long term.”