The digitization of data has changed our society in fundamental and phenomenal ways, allowing information to be stored in massive amounts in tiny spaces. Digitized data also offers an added advantage of the ability to copy it without effort, and share it with more people more easily. However on the down side, digital information is yet to find a stable storage media. Digital media degrades faster and becomes obsolete faster than any other storage media in history. Also, you’ll never know when the HDD will fail one day causing data loss. Aimed at solving this problem, a number of new digital storage devices based on PCIe storage have emerged for businesses and a new age of digital storage interfaces is dawning. Digital storage is more important than ever, as the requirement grows along with the size of the business. It’s no longer something that can be swept under the rug of the IT department and is an important factor to be considered by business owners.
Reliance on old technology may result in increased downtime and operations expenses. Businesses are starting to consider installations that allow for rapid business resumptions, with options like PCIe digital storage coming from companies like LSI. SAS based PCIe storage (SCSI over PCIe, SOP) or SCSI Express as well as raw PCIe storage devices are targeting many data center applications. Most of these devices are used for caching and high performance storage tiered applications. New storage systems are increasing using flash memory for system acceleration, such as faster transaction processing and data base searches. But there are a number of reasons why digital PCIe storage devices are growing in importance. Here are a few of them.
1. Point to point connection
These devices offer a point-to-point connection, which means they rely on a switch for transfer of data to communicate directly with different devices without sharing any of the bandwidth. Businesses can also change the PCIe slots without turning off the computer. They also consume less energy compared to other storage devices.
2. High input/output operations per second
These storage devices allow for high input/output operations per second (IOPs) and bandwidth performance. They don’t overload the server memory and processor as the flash management is provided by a device controller firmware that’s inside the digital device, provided outstanding IOPs and smooth performance with minimum utilization of server resources.
3. Lower costs
The storage devices can be integrated as a unified structure (I/O) in different places, and it’s cheaper to integrate compared to other standards. The latest versions are also compatible with older PCI device drivers and operating systems, which mean lower cost for business owners.
Apart from the hardware performance, the technologies provide a robust lifetime leveling and protection of data and act as a dependable data back-up system. Furthermore, the data cycles are monitored as the devices have limited programs and range cycles. There’s also an option to toggle on notifications which inform when limits are reached.
These storage devices are flexible. Express Flash PCIe-SSD technology can be applied to multiple operations. The devices integrate at kernel and bus system levels with the server, creating a while new tier/cache for storage. They can also be used to store database objects with high IO rate requirement by transforming into a secondary database buffer cache. Storage can also be shared with traditional devices, which shows the flexibility of PCIe technology.
New PCI-based storage interfaces are being developed for businesses. Some of the examples include NVMe and SAS. NVMes interfaces are present in tablets and notebooks, and with advancements in this technology, businesses can expect the availability of extremely high performance systems. On the other hand, data center applications are also making use of SAS PCIe for the purpose of tiering applications, taking advantage of faster data processing.
Every business owner knows that innovation is the key to success. As the size of the business grows, the need for higher storage for essential information will always be there. Therefore, they need to keep themselves updated with the latest in digital storage technology and interface.