EMC Acquires Server-Side Flash Developer DSSD, Plans 2015 Product Release


EMC Acquires Server-Side Flash Developer DSSD
EMC's Joe Tucci (right) greets DSSD's Andy Bechtolsheim.

EMC this week at EMC World said it has acquired DSSD, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based developer of server-side flash storage, and unveiled plans to use the company's technology to accelerate applications running in the server.

DSSD, which had been in stealth mode, helps complete EMC's strategy of "flash everywhere," said Jeremy Burton, president of EMC's Information Infrastructure products.

DSSD is not yet a product but is more of a project with first shipments expected to start in 2015, Burton said at a press conference during the EMC World conference in Las Vegas.

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"But we believe this is a product for the future that can deliver bandwidth and IOPS," he said.

Unlike EMC's XtremIO all-flash storage array, which substitutes high-performance flash for disk to store data, DSSD is developing rack-scale server-side flash storage designed to speed up application performance, Burton later told CRN.

EMC declined to offer performance or capacity details of the DSSD rack-scale server-side flash device. However, it is expected to be faster than EMC XtremIO, which has a latency of less than 1 millisecond.

David Goulden, CEO of EMC's Information Infrastructure business, said during his EMC World keynote that the DSSD technology overcomes some of the key limitations of PCIe, including typical capacity limits of 1 TB to 2 TB, poor manageability, and the need to rewrite applications.

Goulden said the DSSD technology initially will target such applications as MongoDB, Hadoop, SAP HANA and EMC Pivotal.

DSSD had not yet appeared on the channel's radar, said Keith Norbie, director of server, virtualization and storage for the Eastern U.S. for Technology Integration Group, a San Diego-based solution provider and EMC partner.

While EMC has released few details about DSSD, it appears to be a tightly integrated solution that is differentiated from XtremIO, Norbie said.

"While all-flash SSD-based storage is already accepted in the market, EMC is saying it wants to go beyond that in performance," he said. "To scale performance, where do you go next? You want the storage as close to the application as possible."

Both EMC and SAP were early investors in DSSD, with EMC being the lead investor in DSSD's A round of funding, Burton told CRN.

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