Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Friday, August 12, 2022

ScaleFlux Announces General Availability of 3000-series SSDs 

ScaleFlux has announced the general availability of its 3000-series SSDs based on its new SFX 3000 SoC storage processor.

The third-generation storage products, which leverage Arm technology, include the CSD 3000 series NVMe computational storage drives and the NSD 3000 series NVMe SSDs. The company says the new products are fully compatible with NVMe and do not require new drivers or application development.

ScaleFlux introduced the 3000-series line, based on the SFX 3000 SoC, in November. The CPU complex uses two quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processors providing a total of eight programmable Arm cores and up to 16GB of DRAM. A PCIe Gen 4 host interface provides up to 4 dual-port lanes or eight single-port lanes. When active, the processor consumes about 9 watts, according to ScaleFlux.

“Computational storage is giving companies a competitive advantage by reducing the complexity required to store and compress data and accelerating the creation of value from that data,” said Hao Zhong, co-founder and CEO of ScaleFlux. “The general availability of our 3000-series products is the next step in providing more enterprises with a high-performance, scalable solution that meets their storage needs. Users can deploy computational storage more easily while addressing top concerns such as cost, density, compute efficiency, etc.”

Computational storage allows for data processing at the storage device level, minimizing data movement between storage and compute. ScaleFlux promises several benefits of its new line, including predictable performance, low latency, data pipeline optimization, improved SSD endurance to help align storage lifecycle management with servers, overall cost-per-gigabyte reduction in datacenter storage, increased compute efficiency and density, and reduced complexity in deployments with native support for NVMe.

ScaleFlux says these solutions can help optimize datacenter infrastructure for workloads like databases, analytics, IoT, and 5G, and claims its CSD 3000 series NVMe drives can slash data storage costs by 2x, double application performance, and increase Flash endurance by as much as 9x. The NSD 3000 series NVMe SSDs are touted as a smarter NVMe SSD due to 2x endurance and 2x performance on random write and mixed read/writes. The new SFX SoC storage processing units, with turnkey firmware included, allow drive and hardware developers to develop custom SSDs and accelerator cards.

"Computational storage like the ScaleFlux CSD 3000 brings to market a critical force multiplier for edge computing that allows the expansion of capacity and performance in edge computing platforms unlike we have seen today," said Alan Conboy, Office of the CTO, Scale Computing. "At the edge, the demand to process ever-growing storage workloads is outpacing traditional edge storage approaches and strains already taxed remote connections to the datacenter or cloud. Together, Scale Computing Platform and products like those offered from ScaleFlux will create the necessary solutions for edge computing and the growing demands."

ScaleFlux will be presenting its new products at the 2022 Flash Memory Summit in booth #819 at the Santa Clara Convention Center from Aug. 2-4. The company is inviting attendees to learn more about how the 3000-series SSDs can “drive more performance through more data, with more capacity density, without adding complexity for high-performance workloads like Redis, MySQL, and Aerospike.”

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