Dot Hill Systems announces cache data protection patent; Mushkin expands SSD lineup

Ed Hannan

Dot Hill Systems Corp., the Longmont, Colorado-based SAN storage provider, has patented a method to safeguard data and preserve cache in the event of main power loss.

Cached write data and metadata stored

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in volatile memory must be preserved in the event of a power loss. When power loss occurs, valuable data is transferred from volatile memory to the non-volatile memory of the computer's memory system. This transfer of data is known as memory flush operation.

Dot Hill's patent also provides a method to reduce power usage in computer memory systems during volatile memory flush operations. This innovation reduces power required for a memory flush operation by selectively providing power to certain computer components at certain times, and not to others. By reducing this power requirement, a smaller power source, such as a supercapacitor, can be used by the computer memory system.

The patent is included in the Dot Hill AssuredSAN and AssuredSAN Pro storage arrays, which are equipped with a number of energy-saving features, including dot Hill's patented EcoStor ™ "green" battery-free alternative for cache memory, drive spin-down and data center power options.

Mushkin SSD product now available

Mushkin Inc., which designs and manufactures high-performance and mission-critical computer products, announced last week that its Scorpion Deluxe PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) is now globally available.

Representing the latest Mushkin SSD offering and equipped with Quad Sandforce SF-2281 and un-throttled IOPS, the Scorpion offers 2150 Mbps read and more than 1900 Mbps write.

The Scorpion Deluxe is available in the following storage capacities: 240GB, 480GB, 960GB and 1920GB. Each version offers just over 100,000 4K read and write IOPS, as well as 1 million hours MTBF with a three-year warranty.

The newest Mushkin SSD product from the Austin, Texas-based company is available in the United States at RAM Experts and worldwide at select retailers, resellers and distributors.

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