Open Flash

Open_Flash_Module.pngOur new Open Flash Module is the world's first enterprise-quality, open-standard Flash design. Built to an industry-standard JEDEC form factor, the module is being made available to developers and the OpenSolaris Storage community to foster Flash innovation. The Open Flash Module delivers unprecedented I/O performance, saves on power, space, and cooling, and will enable new levels of server optimization and datacenter efficiencies.

Imagine what you can do with such a Flash Module!
  • Instead of having Servers that only use RAM to increase their performance, you can now build a Server that combines RAM and SSD in one. The big advantage is certainly the Solid State of the Flash Module. With this advantage you can use the Flash Module for caching write transactions or anything else that needs Solid Storage.
  • Or, use the module in traditional FC Array Controllers as a backup of the traditional RAM Cache. If the controller looses power, the RAM based Cache can be written to Flash in seconds, and therefore have a kind of Hybernate in a Array ;-)
  • You can also use the module in traditional Array Controllers as an extension of the RAM Cache. Very similar to the ZFS Hybrid Storage Pool Model, Raid Controllers could implement a tiered cache model. In this case any application or file system (that is not yet as innovative as ZFS) could profit from the combination of RAM and Flash!
  • Additionally to RAM, Notebooks could have a Flash DIMM Slot. On this Flash DIMM the complete operating system and also the active data you are working with is stored in a tiered storage approach. That allows the system to spin down your high capacity harddrive and save a lot of power!
  • Compute nodes in clusters could dramatically expand their work storage with Flash DIMMs. Imagine 8x Flash DIMMS in the initial specification would provide 192GB of quite fast compute memory.
In many situations the performance of a Flash DIMM is sufficient. Considering the higher density (24GB DIMM) and the lower power consumption than a RAM Module, this product is really powerful and interesting!

Initial Specifications

Capacity
  • 24 GB initial capacity
  • 64 MB DRAM buffer cache

Form factor
  • JEDEC MO-258A
  • 3 Gb SATA-II/SAS-I

Reliability
  • 7 x 24 x 3 years (100% write duty cycle)
  • Designed for enterprise-class applications

Want to know more?

See what Chief Architect Andy Bechtolsheim says about SSDs and Open Storage.

Product Information

To get more information about Flash Storage and the Open Flash Module, use the following links:
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