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Flash Memory Summit 2018

Demartek Discusses Real-World Performance of Flash-Based Storage Systems at the Flash Memory Summit 2018

Dennis Martin at the Flash Memory Summit 2018

May 2018

, President of Demartek, will participate at the Flash Memory Summit 2018 discussing various aspects of real-world performance involving flash technology and other data center technologies. The Flash Memory Summit 2018 will be held in Santa Clara, California, August 7-9, 2018.

Flash memory is a key technology enabling new designs for many products in the consumer, computer and enterprise markets. The Flash Memory Summit provides attendees with practical information on the current state of solid state memory and its applications. Summit themes include: Solid State Drives (SSDs), Flash Memory Based Architectures, Enterprise Storage, Controllers, Enterprise Applications, PCIe/NVMe SSDs, new non-volatile memory technologies, persistent memory, standards, testing, and applications.

The Real Story on Flash Storage Performance

Session TEST-101B-1, Tuesday, August 7, 9:45-10:50 a.m., Ballroom G

Intended Audience

Everyone (designers, marketers, salespeople, executives and customers) who wants to know how flash storage really performs in real-world scenarios.


FMS2018 - The Performance Story: An Independent Evaluation of Flash Storage Often, the only performance statistics one has for a storage device come from tests run by a vendor using standard benchmarks. Demartek, an independent test lab, offers performance tests run on database and virtualization workloads typical of today’s data centers. You will learn how your products (and your competitors’ products) stack up in the real world, so you will know what to advertise and what to improve. Tests also cover recent advances such as NVDIMM, NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF), and high speed interfaces such as 100 Gb Ethernet and 32 Gb Fibre Channel. Dennis will discuss his rules-of-thumb for NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) devices in a storage target.

About the Instructor:

Dennis Martin is the founder and President of Demartek, an analyst firm focused on validation and performance testing of data center products. Demartek has its own fully equipped, modern test lab with the servers, networking and storage gear found in today’s data centers. Its widely recognized reports cover products and technologies from both well-known vendors and startups, including Broadcom, Cavium, Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE, IBM, Intel, Microsemi, NetApp, Nimbus Data, Pure Storage, Samsung, Seagate, Toshiba, Western Digital and others. Demartek also produces popular industry references, including its “Storage Interface Comparison” covering every interface used by storage systems and its “SSD Deployment Guide” that explains everything you need to know to deploy flash-based storage systems in the datacenter. Dennis’ commentary “Horses, Buggies and SSDs” is a must-read for getting the long-term view of flash and other non-volatile storage technologies. Dennis is frequently quoted in the press (in such outlets as TechTarget, Market Watch, and Street Insider) on such topics as best practices for deploying SSD technologies and analyzing performance claims for all-flash arrays. A 38-year veteran of the technology industry, Dennis was previously a Senior Analyst with Evaluator Group and a marketing and engineering executive with StorageTek.

When he is not deploying, testing, or speaking about SSD technologies, Dennis enjoys playing racquetball.

Flash Storage with 24G SAS Leads the Way in Crunching Big Data

Session CTRL-202B-1, Wednesday, August 8, 4:40 - 5:45 p.m., Ballroom A


Panel session
The recent data explosion is a huge challenge for storage and IT system designers. How do you crunch all that data at a reasonable cost? Fortunately, your familiar SAS comes to the rescue with its new 24 G speed. Its flexible connection scheme already allows designers to scale huge external storage systems with low latency. Now the new high operating speed offers the throughput you need to bring big data to its knobby knees! Our panel of storage experts will present practical solutions to today’s petabyte problems and beyond.

Ultra-fast NVMe Storage Networks for Next Generation Flash Arrays

Session NVMF-302A-1, Thursday, August 9, 2:10 – 3:25 p.m., GAMR 2


Panel session
Shared storage is essential for large-scale applications to provide fast access to huge amounts of storage in a cost-effective, scalable way. Fortunately, NVMe can take full advantage of the unique properties of pipeline-rich, random access, memory-based storage arrays. The FCIA panel offers unique insight into how to create powerful flash storage networks, including: - A reference design that shows a simple way to add FC-NVMe to your current infrastructure - A use case focused on how FC-NVMe can help you share an all flash array to speed up an entire range of applications - A description of how to extend Fibre Channel prioritization to provide prioritization for virtualized environments - A discussion of how to take advantage of Fibre Channel Forward Error Correction (FEC) and end-to-end support from purchase through deployment.

The Flash Memory Summit will be held at:

Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy.
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Click the link to get the complete agenda and registration information for Flash Memory Summit.

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