March 7, 2013

PCIe Flash Memory Card Options, Fusion-IO to Violin

What are the current options for PCIe flash memory cards for servers?

Violin Memory’s splashy intro of its PCIe flash memory cards again highlights the intense competition in the flash memory for servers market. Flash memory is replacing slower hard disk drives in servers.

The major vendors providing PCIe flash memory cards

What Is Next
While PCIe flash memory provides tremendous boost in server performance it is still very slow as compared to when data resides directly in the server cache or DRAM.

The next step – Flash moving directly to server DRAM slots.

When Flash moves directly to server DRAM slots, it will obsolete all PCIe flash memory cards. Long term, Intel is probably the best positioned to deliver such a solution.


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