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Viking Tech, Supermicro to design NVDIMM into x86 servers

Posted: 04 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NVDIMM? x86 server? data centre?

Viking Technology, a division of Sanmina Corp., has revealed that its ArxCis-NV, a DDR3 Non-volatile DIMM (NVDIMM) is available for integration in off-the-shelf (OTS) x86 servers. The firm's collaboration with Supermicro aims to enable enterprise OEMs and hyperscale computing organisations to build significantly more powerful and secure appliances for today's data centres, the companies indicated.

The technology, requiring both server hardware and BIOS modifications, would historically have been used by only the top few server OEMs. The technology collaboration promises to provide architectural and performance improvements to many of the applications shaping today's IT infrastructure, including: storage, server virtualisation, business analytics and social media.

NVDIMMs or persistent memory, are designed to deliver high performance, endurance and reliability to industry standard x86 servers. Traditionally, enterprise applications could not trust main memory (DRAM) because it is volatile (loss of data upon power failure). Therefore, batteries, uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) and techniques such as check-pointing were used to ensure data security, but at the cost of performance. NVDIMMs now enable server and storage arrays to use persistent memory that delivers both the highest performance and 100 per cent data security.

"Safeguarding cached data in the event of power failure is a mission-critical requirement," said Wally Liaw , VP of sales, international at Supermicro. "Working with Viking Technology, we have validated their DDR3 NVDIMMs on our SuperServer and SuperStorage product lines. With this leading-edge technology, Supermicro customers have the fastest I/O performance with additional layers of protection to prevent data loss and minimise service disruptions."

"We are very excited to bring this highly anticipated technology to the mass market," said Adrian Proctor , VP of marketing at Viking Technology. "The key to widespread adoption of NVDIMMs lies in the ease of system integration. Viking Technology is pleased to have collaborated with such a respected server supplier as Supermicro, which now makes this valuable technology available for any user. Being able to deliver significant performance and data security enhancements in their next product launch is a game changer for many OEMs."

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