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The 10 Hottest Data Storage Startups Of 2019

Joseph F. Kovar

CRN looks at 10 startup storage vendors that in 2019 made headlines as they came out of stealth, unveiled their first storage products, or pursued acquisitions.

Formulus Black 

COO: Jing Xie

Formulus Black, a storage startup built upon what used to be known as Symbolic IO, in March 2019 re-entered the storage stage to introduce new technology, Forsa, that enables any application to run 100 percent in server memory without any modifications. The Jersey City, N.J.-based vendor's Forsa runs on commodity server hardware configured with Intel Skylake, Broadwell, CascadeLake, or Haswell processors. It uses what Formulus Black calls memory amplification, which translates standard server DRAM memory, the fastest kind of memory, into Formulus Black bit markers, which are managed in place of the memory itself. And because DRAM is non-persistent memory, Forsa requires SSD-based external storage to protect data in case the server goes off-line. The company in July introduced version 3.0 of Forsa, and in September started working with Intel to develop high-performance persistent memory solutions.

 
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Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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