EMC to offer flash-drive storage

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Data storage developer EMC reported that it will be offering flash-based, solid-state drives in its core technology. Solid-state flash drives provide response times that are an order of magnitude faster than the fastest spinning disk drives and require far less power to run.

Because there are no mechanical components in flash drives, they require less power. In a storage array, flash drives can store a terabyte of data using 38 percent less energy than traditional mechanical disk drives. It would take 30 15,000 RPM Fibre Channel disk drives to deliver the same performance as a single flash drive, which translates into a 98 percent reduction in power consumption in a transaction-per-second comparison, according to EMC.

The Hopkinton, Mass.-based firm said it has incorporated single-layer cell flash technology into its Symmetrix DMX-4 enterprise storage system. EMC added that it has further optimized the Symmetrix DMX-4 operating software to take advantage of the full power and value that flash storage technology brings to high-performance storage environments, including the ability to easily provision, manage, replicate and move data between flash drives and traditional Fibre Channel and SATA disk drives in the same array.

EMC said it plans to offer flash drives in 73 GB and 146 GB capacities for the Symmetrix DMX-4 platform beginning later this quarter.