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 Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags DellIBMstorageFujitsuintelemc

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

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

Maxwell Cooter

Techworld
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?