In existing NAND flash configurations in enterprise and cloud datacenters, flash is contained in a SSD connected through a SATA or SAS drive interface, or flash sits on a card connected to the PCI-Express interface.
With Diablo's MCS architecture, data does not have to pass through as many intermediary chipsets to reach the microprocessor. This reduction in steps contributes to the improved latency and performance. PCIe devices can reduce system performance and scalability because they must interrupt the processor and require active CPU intervention.
Wagner says in addition to customers such as 60East, Diablo MCS is suitable for enterprise customers with applications that require high performance and ultra-low latency, such as big-data analytics, server and storage virtualization, and consolidation and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Some organizations are looking to get better performance from their VDI deployments and improve the user experience, for example, while others are looking to serve more virtual machines per physical host.
MCS is compatible with industry-standard DDR3 memory slots, and can be deployed in a wide range of server and storage systems and chassis.
— Gary Hilson is a freelance technology writer for EE Times.