Western Digital today announced the Ultrastar DC ME200 Memory Extension Drive – their first product to deliver better in-memory system capacity and performance to drive today’s real-time analytics and business insights.
“Today’s requirement for faster analytics, data processing, cloud services and high-performance computing (HPC) is increasing demand for in-memory computing across a variety of industries, including healthcare, telecommunications and IT, and retail,” said Ashish Nadkarni, group vice president, IDC. “By expanding in-memory capacity, the Ultrastar memory drive helps alleviate the high cost of adding extra DRAM, as well as addresses the physical limitations of available DIMM slots, where scaling is either cost-prohibitive or nearly impossible.”
The WD Ultrastar DC ME200 Memory Drive
The Ultrastar DC ME200 memory drive provides cost-efficient, near-DRAM performance for companies to expand memory pools sizes up to 8X the DRAM capacity, while offering substantial CAPEX and OPEX savings.
With larger memory pools, application developers can take advantage of memory-aware performance and capacity optimizations, and expand faster data processing across many applications and workloads. The Ultrastar memory drive is ideal for in-memory applications such as Redis, Memcached, Apache Spark and large-scale databases, providing higher capacities over current storage-class memory products.
The Ultrastar memory drive is drop-in ready and PCIe-device compatible with most Intel x86 servers. Available in 1 TiB, 2 TiB and 4 TiB, the solution requires no modifications to the operating system, system hardware, firmware or application stacks.
For expandability, a 1U server can typically support up to 24TiB of system memory using the Ultrastar DC ME200 drive for in-memory compute clusters. Supported server interfaces are NVMe U.2 and PCIe AIC (add-in-card) HH-HL.
The WD Ultrastar DC ME200 Availability
The Ultrastar DC ME200 memory drive is currently available and sampling with select customers.
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