Texas Memory Systems Rolls Out 900GB PCIe Card

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-05-18 Print this article Print

"Add this to a direct-attached storage system, and it's like putting it on steroids," TMS President Dan Scheel told eWEEK.

Not too many IT companies have 17th-generation products, but Texas Memory Systems is one that does.

The venerable Houston-based company, which has been making solid-state memory for 32 years, came out May 17 with a new NAND flash-based PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) card called the "Gorilla"-a high-performance, half-length data accelerator with a whopping 900GB of usable space.

"Add this to a direct-attached storage system, and it's like putting it on steroids," TMS President Dan Scheel told eWEEK.

The Gorilla-the product name is actually RamSan-70-is the first release in TMS' next-generation RamSan Series-7 product line. Scheel said it is capable of more than 330,000 IOPS with bandwidth exceeding 2GB per second.

The RamSan-70, aimed at the OEM storage market, is designed to be in-server accelerator for storage use cases such as onsite medical imaging, data warehousing, enterprise resource planning (ERP), sophisticated data acquisition, scientific computing and Web content, Scheel said.

For those who crave technical details, the RamSan-70 is the first product powered by TMS' new Series-7 Flash controller, which is based on advanced Xilinx field-programmable gate arrays combined with an embedded PowerPC processor, Scheel said.

Unlike other PCIe cards, the proprietary hardware in the Series-7 Flash Controller handles all NAND flash management internally, which frees up host resources for workloads, Scheel said.

"IT managers are always looking for ways to increase I/O performance, reduce latency and improve overall system efficiency," said Jeff Janukowicz, research manager for Solid State Storage Technology at IDC. "A PCIe Flash SSD, such as Texas Memory Systems' RamSan-70, can solve many of these issues."

The RamSan-70 is scheduled for availability in June.

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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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