SanDisk, Marvell Partner on Storage Microservers
The partnership combines Marvell's ARM reference design with SanDisk's SATA SSD modules for more efficient storage microservers.Storage networking specialist Marvell Semiconductor and flash memory storage solutions specialist SanDisk announced their collaboration on a family of microservers designed for enterprise cloud storage, which will combine Marvell's ARM reference design with SanDisk's Serial ATA (SATA) solid-state drive (SSD) modules. Aimed at I/O)-intensive environments, the servers feature Marvell quad core ARM-based Armada XP system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors, designed specifically for enterprise-class cloud computing applications. Incorporating up to four Marvell-designed ARM V7 MP-compliant 1.6GHz central processing unit cores, the XP series supports symmetrical multi-processing and asymmetrical multi-processing modes with a 64-bit DDR2/DDR3 memory interface. With the ability to scale on demand and employing a low-power architecture, the processors are designed to run servers more efficiently.
"For Marvell, collaborating with SanDisk is an opportunity to bring to market the very best combination of ARM and SSD technologies as they relate to enterprise storage," Ted Weatherford, senior director and product line manager of the cloud services and infrastructure business unit at Marvell, said in prepared remarks. "What's more, we've created a new generation of microservers that significantly outpaces competing attempts at speed, efficiency and, most importantly, scalability. To the extent that enterprises need to support an increasing number of machines and devices-inside and outside the office in a 24/7, global capacity-Marvell and SanDisk deliver a comprehensively connected lifestyle in a simple and powerful package."