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10 devices that show the future of storage

23 Sep 2014  | R. Colin Johnson

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Atomic memory will be proven this decade

 IBM's new pulsed technique

The ultimate memory chips of the future will encode bits on individual atoms—a capability recently demonstrated for iron atoms by IBM's Almaden Research Center. IBM unveiled a new pulsed technique for scanning tunnelling microscopes (STMs) that yields nanosecond time-resolution, a requirement for designing the atomic-scale memory chips.

Hybrid architectures only store changes locally or remotely

 Fusion I/O

(Source: Fusion I/O)

One of the most wasteful use of storage, whatever the type, is the writing and reading of entire files when only a few bytes are different from versions of the same file already at their destination. A solution from Fusion I/O (which was recently purchased by SanDisk) adds 320GB accelerator cards to HP storage arrays. Fusion I/O says it produces 30x faster database replication, 9x greater query processing throughput, 30 per cent faster application response times, and a 75 per cent reduction in server footprint, power costs, and IT overhead.

Software-defined storage uses algorithms to accelerate memory hierarchies

 Software-based storage

(Source: IDC)

IDC says software-based storage will become a dominant part of the data centre, storing data more efficiently and cost-effectively than traditional storage methods. Software components will virtualise and federate storage modules to manage resources more economically and make storage more efficient and agile when handling unpredictable mixes of job loads.

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