KIOXIA America | December 20, 2021
KIOXIA America, Inc. announced that its CM6 and CD6 Series of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs have earned VMware vSAN 7.0 certification, enabling them to be shared across connected hosts in a VMware vSphere cluster. Users can pool KIOXIA SSDs together in a single, distributed, shared data-store and define the storage capabilities required (such as performance, capacity and availability) for each connected virtual machine within the VMware vSAN cluster. These capabilities not only further hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) options in virtual environments, but also ensure that storage policies are administered and maintained within the CM6 and CD6 Series with vSAN compatibility.
This certification allows VMware vSAN support for both hybrid and all-flash configurations using a two-tier storage architecture, capacity tier and cache. All write operations are sent to the cache tier and are subsequently de-staged to the capacity tier over time. When a CM6 or CD6 Series SSD is deployed within a hybrid configuration, its cache tier is used as both a read and write cache, staging hot data to improve system performance. In an all-flash configuration, 100 percent of the cache tier is used for the write buffer. Given the benefits of tiered storage, CM6 and CD6 SSDs are capable of meeting the demanding requirements of both enterprise and data center customers.
“We are pleased to collaborate closely with KIOXIA and certify their datacenter and enterprise SSDs that address performance demands and latency sensitivities,” said Lee Caswell, vice president of product and technical marketing for VMware. “Flash performance is critical to our customers, and this certification demonstrates that they can rely on KIOXIA for proven compatibility and interoperability with VMware vSAN 7.0.”
The KIOXIA lineup of PCIe Gen4 (16GT/s x4) NVMe SSDs brings planned performance improvements of up to 2x over its PCIe 3.0 (8GT/s x4) predecessors and is 12x faster than 6Gb/s SATA drives1. KIOXIA was one of the first companies to demonstrate2 and ship3 enterprise and data center class PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs. KIOXIA CM6 enterprise and CD6 data center SSDs are SFF-TA-1001 conformant (also referred to as U.3) SSDs to support universal drive bay systems that can accept NVMe, SAS and SATA SSDs.
Earning VMware vSAN certification for our lineup of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs provides customers with the confidence they need when deploying a vSAN solution. KIOXIA offers the broadest lineup of SSDs for the modern data center, and by collaborating closely with innovators, such as VMware, we can ensure that our technologies and products deliver significant and immediate value to server virtualization at the data center scale.”
Neville Ichhaporia, Vice President, SSD marketing and product management, KIOXIA America, Inc
KIOXIA has developed and collaborates with a broad ecosystem of companies to ensure interoperability and compatibility with KIOXIA SSDs, and welcomes companies to join its Ecosystem Members website.
About KIOXIA America, Inc.
KIOXIA America, Inc. is the U.S.-based subsidiary of KIOXIA Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs). From the invention of flash memory to today’s breakthrough BiCS FLASH 3D technology, KIOXIA continues to pioneer innovative memory, SSD and software solutions that enrich people's lives and expand society's horizons. The company's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive, and data centers.
Ekinops | October 23, 2021
Ekinops, a leading network access and virtualization specialist, has strengthened its UK presence; expanding its sales team and signing a distribution agreement for its OneAccess-branded portfolio with Exertis, one of the country's largest and fastest growing technology distributors.
Market-proven by service providers globally, Ekinops' OneAccess portfolio provides a wide choice of innovative physical and virtualized solutions for enterprise network services. OneAccess-branded routers are deployed with OneOS6 built-in services, which means network functions such as SD-WAN can be activated on demand. This enables flexible, futureproof network management capabilities and accommodates diversifying and growing connectivity demands.
"As one of the UK's largest and most trusted technology distributors, we pride ourselves on our strong vendor partnerships to deliver quality, cost-effective solutions for our customers," says Tom Cox, Commercial Director Enterprise Division at Exertis. "Ekinops and its OneAccess portfolio embody these values. As a widely trusted, reliable and mature technology brand, we look forward to offering the OneAccess portfolio to our customers and facilitating truly next-gen network solutions."
Alongside its latest distribution agreement, Ekinops has also grown its UK and Ireland sales team.
"An agile, partnership-driven approach is at the heart of Ekinops' offering. To deliver this, it is vital that alongside a skilled regional sales presence, we have a distribution partner who shares our values."
Frank Dedobbeleer, Group Vice President Sales EMEA & APAC at Ekinops
"We pride ourselves on a strong global presence. In 2020, 63% of our total revenue came from international markets, an upward trend we intend to continue," added Frank Dedobbeleer. "The UK and Irish telecoms sector is undergoing a period of exciting growth and transformation, and enhancing our established presence and investments is key".
Verizon | July 29, 2021
Verizon and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. have completed an end-to-end fully virtualized 5G data session in a live network environment using C-band spectrum. The new milestone was achieved in preparation for the company's upcoming 5G Ultra Wideband expansion, which will use its recently acquired C Band spectrum.
Why is virtualization essential for optimizing 5G performance?
The trials in Texas, Connecticut, and Massachusetts used Samsung's fully virtualized RAN (vRAN) solution built on its software stack and C-band 64T64R Massive MIMO radio in coordination with Verizon's virtualized core. They were conducted over Verizon's network (using C-band Special Temporary Authority granted Verizon by the FCC). The trials produced results comparable to traditional hardware-based equipment.
Virtualization is essential to providing the services that advanced 5G networks offer. The programmability of virtualized networks will be critical in key 5G use cases such as large-scale IoT solutions, more robust consumer devices and solutions, AR/VR, remote healthcare, autonomous robots in manufacturing environments, and ubiquitous smart city solutions.
Cloud-native virtualized architecture improves network flexibility, service delivery speed, scalability, and cost-effectiveness, opening the way for large-scale mobile edge computing and network slicing. This technology allows Verizon to react quickly to customers' changing latency and processing requirements. Virtualization will also make it easier for new suppliers to enter the ecosystem. New entrants will accelerate innovation, reduce operational costs, and lay the groundwork for flexible network and cloud infrastructure closer to the customer, ultimately leading to millisecond latency in the single digits.
Why is Massive MIMO important for 5G performance optimization?
Massive MIMO is an advancement in antenna arrays that use many transmitters, allowing for more signal paths between a device and a cell tower. It also minimizes interference by beamforming, which focuses the beam from the cell site directly to where the user is, resulting in faster and more consistent rates when customers use apps and upload and download files. Samsung's C-band 64T64R Massive MIMO radios, which enable digital/dynamic beamforming, SU-MIMO, MU-MIMO, dual connectivity, and carrier aggregation, were utilized in this trial.
Today's milestone comes on the heels of Samsung's recent statement that it extends its vRAN capabilities to support mid-band Massive MIMO radios, a first in the industry. Samsung's C-band Massive MIMO radio is part of a more extensive portfolio of C-band solutions.
Verizon is on track to deliver 5G over C-band.
This virtualization work follows previous efforts to accelerate the expansion of 5G Ultra Wideband service using C-band spectrum, such as:
successful trials combining C-band and licensed mmWave spectrum,
establishing new agreements with Verizon's tower partners, Crown and SBA Communications, that call for process improvements such as simplifying and reducing forms and eliminating legal reviews, and
Ericsson and Samsung Electronics Co. C-band equipment installation
These collaborative initiatives, along with ongoing lab and field trials to improve 5G technology on the C-band spectrum, will enable Verizon to provide increased mobility and broadband services to millions more consumers and businesses as soon as the spectrum is cleared.
Verizon plans to bring the new 5G C-band spectrum into service in the first 46 cities in 2022 and offer 5G Ultra Wideband services to 100 million people. As a result, more than 175 million people are expected to access Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband service on the C-band spectrum by 2022 and 2023. By 2024 and beyond, when the remaining C-band spectrum is cleared, more than 250 million people are expected to access Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband service on the C-band spectrum.
On June 30, 2000, it is a leading global provider of technology, communications, information, and entertainment products and services. Verizon, headquartered in New York City and with a global footprint, earned $128.3 billion in revenue in 2020. The company provides data, video, and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, fulfilling customers' needs for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security, and control.