STEC Unveils Ultra-low Latency Storage SSD

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-09-20 Print this article Print

ZeusRAM SSDs have been benchmarked at speeds often below 23 microseconds. This ultra-low latency enables storage appliances high-speed access to data and to metadata.

SAN FRANCISCO-Solid-state storage drive maker STEC on Sept. 20 introduced a new industrial-strength SSD aimed at enterprises deploying fast and/or continuous read/write workloads that include metadata logging, journaling and database indexing applications.

The announcement was made at Oracle OpenWorld here at the Moscone Center.

STEC's ZeusRAM, which is currently being tested by several high-performance OEMs, will be launched later this fall in a 3.5-inch standard form factor using a native 6Gb SAS interface, said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Manouch Moshayedi.

In testing, STEC's new ZeusRAM SSDs have been benchmarked at speeds often below 23 microseconds, Moshayedi said. This ultra-low latency enables the new SSDs to provide network-attached and unified storage appliances high-speed access to both data and metadata, Moshayedi said.

ZeusRAM's design utilizes not only NAND flash but also DRAM to provide power backup in the event of a host system's power loss, Moshayedi said.

"Conventional storage systems relying solely on DRAM and hard disk drives have been inadequate in handling the explosive growth of data and sophisticated file systems," Moshayedi said.

STEC is demonstrating the new drive at Oracle OpenWorld 2010 through Sept. 24.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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