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Western Digital’s new solutions to provide foundation for next-generation data infrastructures

By Juliet Umeh

Provider of essential data infrastructure, Western Digital, NASDAQ: WDC, said it has introduced new solutions to help it’s customers transition to higher efficiency NVMe SSDs and more advanced shared storage architectures.

The company said the new solutions, designed around Ultrastar NVMe SSDs and supercharged by NVMe-oF will provide the foundation for next-generation data infrastructures.

It said: “Building upon the company’s innovative design and integration capabilities – from NAND Flash to storage platforms – the new dual-port, performance Ultrastar DC SN840 NVMe SSDs and in-house RapidFlex NVMe-oF controllers are standalone solutions that combine to create the new

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OpenFlex Data24 NVMe-oF Storage Platform, a new shared storage JBOF (Just a Bunch of Flash) enclosure that extends the value of NVMe to multiple hosts over a low-latency Ethernet fabric network.

“These new solutions further expand Western Digital’s data center portfolio to help customers transition to higher efficiency NVMe SSDs and more advanced shared storage architectures to meet the evolving demands of performance-driven applications and workloads.”

The solutions include: New dual-port, performance Ultrastar DC SN840 NVMe SSD which is the company’s third-generation solution designed to accelerate cloud compute, servers running mission-critical workloads, and high-availability external storage solutions.

Another one is New OpenFlex Data24 NVMe-oF Storage Platform. It extends the performance of Ultrastar DC SN840 NVMe SSDs across a low-latency Ethernet data fabric, providing the flexibility for hyperscale, OEM and enterprise IT customers to more effectively scale-up capacity and share disaggregated Flash storage resources.

Thirdly, RapidFlex controllers incorporated in OpenFlex Data24 which provides seamless NVMe/NVMe-oF connectivity with outstanding performance and extreme power efficiency.

While vertically integrated NVMe SSDs and storage enclosures enable data infrastructure leaders to transition from SAS or SATA to NVMe for highly efficient, scalable and low-latency infrastructure to power applications and workloads requiring superior read/write performance and availability.

Senior Vice President of Western Digital’s Devices and Platforms Business, Yusuf Jamal, said: “Data infrastructure has never been as vital to the world’s economy as it is today. As a leading provider of essential data infrastructure, our mission is to help enterprises architect next-generation data centers

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to support business-critical applications and bandwidth-hungry workloads at scale. Western Digital’s leadership in NAND Flash, capacity-enterprise HDDs and supporting technologies are being relied upon now more than ever. We’re fully committed to helping companies transition to NVMe and move to new composable architectures that can maximize the value of their data storage resources.

“As hyperscale cloud and enterprise data centers constantly work to remove bottlenecks to ensure uncompromised performance and availability of essential applications, while also keeping pace with unprecedented data growth, customer adoption of NVMe and NVMe-oF solutions continues to accelerate. Industry analyst firm IDC expects hyperscalers, OEMs and end-user IT organizations to continue to transition away from legacy SATA and SAS interfaces, with NVMe on track to reach more than 55 percent of total enterprise SSD units shipped in 2020 and grow at a 2018-2023 CAGR of 38 percent¹,” Jamal said.

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