KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.) today announced the introduction of Software-Enabled Flash (SEF), a new technology that combines software flexibility, host control and flash native semantics into a flash native API and purpose-built controller. Targeted to data center directors, architects and developers, SEF technology makes flash easier to manage, more timely to deploy and more predictable in nature – putting the power in programmers’ hands.
With hyperscale computing redefining storage and virtualization, the race is on to orchestrate digital storage for cloud applications in a way that drives greater efficiency at scale. Effectively and efficiently utilizing flash for stable, predictable latency in ever-changing cloud workloads through direct host management of flash will quickly be critical to realizing these much-needed efficiencies.
Past efforts to provide a market solution for hyperscalers have not been widely adopted, as these attempts have all been extensions of the HDD paradigm. Taking a completely different approach, KIOXIA designed SEF to free developers from narrowly defined “drive” behaviors by fundamentally changing the relationship between solid-state storage and the host in cloud environments. SEF bypasses legacy HDD storage paradigms to unlock true host control and enable the use of flash at its natural speed.
Additionally, SEF enables architects to maximize the benefits of their investments in solid state storage, including the unprecedented ability to freely and flexibly define storage behaviors between the host and the flash. The API abstracts generational differences, eliminating the need for developers to modify code with each new version of flash.
“As the inventor of flash memory, KIOXIA is perfectly positioned to introduce this game-changing approach to deploying flash at scale,” noted Eric Ries, SVP, Memory Storage Strategy Division (MSSD), KIOXIA America, Inc. “Our customers have been pushing for the ability to drive operational efficiency in the data center programmatically, and SEF technology will meet this need by placing access and control of flash directly in the hands of hyperscale programmers.”
SEF hardware is compliant with PCIe® standards, enabling a large ecosystem and accelerating open innovation across multiple products. For more information, please visit www.kioxia.com and www.SoftwareEnabledFlash.com.