Group plots solid state storage path into data centres
A coalition of technology companies is hoping to push solid state storage further into the data centre following the creation of the Solid State Drive Form Factor Working Group.
With members including industry players such as Dell, Intel, IBM and Micron Technology, the group said it would focus on the benefits that enterprises could achieve by standardising Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) storage drives.
According to the group, it hopes to overcome problems that are currently plaguing the push to get faster, less power-hungry solid state storage into data centres.
“Currently, PCIe-based SSD solutions provide performance, but lack ease-of-use features that customers have come to expect,” the group said.
“Standardisation of form factor and interface is required to offer easy-to-use, compatible, scalable PCIe SSD solutions with lower integration costs.”
The group plans to focus on three main areas – a connector specification supporting SAS/SATA 3.0 as well as PCIe 3, a form factor which builds upon the current 2.5-inch standard and support for hot-plugging.
“Intel sees PCIe continuing to grow in importance as a solid state drive interface driven by native attach points in our enterprise platforms,” said Tom Macdonald, vice president of Intel’s Architecture Group.
“The SSD Form Factor Working Group should collectively define the essential building blocks for future generations of non-volatile memory storage.”