Published on November 13th, 2018 | by Admin


First in its Portfolio, New Ultrastar DC ME200 Memory Extension Drive

Expands Servers with Memory Capacity for Real-Time Data Processing, Scaling Databases, Application Caching and Cloud Services 

SYDNEY, Australia, November 13, 2018 – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a data infrastructure leader, today announced it is extending the breadth and depth of its data center portfolio into the rapidly evolving in-memory computing market segment. The new Ultrastar® DC ME200 Memory Extension Drive is the company’s first product that enables customers to better optimise in-memory system capacity/performance for running demanding applications that drive today’s real-time analytics and business insights.

“Today’s requirement for faster analytics, data processing, cloud services and high-performance computing (HPC) is increasing demand for in-memory computing across a variety of industries, including healthcare, telecommunications and IT, and retail,” said Ashish Nadkarni, group vice president, IDC. “By expanding in-memory capacity, the Ultrastar memory drive helps alleviate the high cost of adding extra DRAM, as well as addresses the physical limitations of available DIMM slots, where scaling is either cost-prohibitive or nearly impossible.”

The Ultrastar memory drive provides cost-efficient, near-DRAM performance for companies to expand memory pools sizes up to 8X the DRAM capacity, while offering substantial CAPEX and OPEX savings.  With larger memory pools, application developers can take advantage of memory-aware performance and capacity optimisations, and expand faster data processing across many applications and workloads. The Ultrastar memory drive is ideal for in-memory applications such as Redis™, Memcached, Apache Spark™ and large-scale databases, providing higher capacities over current storage-class memory products.

The Ultrastar memory drive is drop-in ready and PCIe-device compatible with most Intel® x86 servers. Available in 1TiB, 2TiB and 4TiB, the solution requires no modifications to the operating system, system hardware, firmware or application stacks. For expandability, a 1U server can typically support up to 24TiB of system memory using the Ultrastar DC ME200 drive for in-memory compute clusters. Supported server interfaces are NVMe™ U.2 and PCIe AIC (add-in-card) HH-HL. Additional product information can be found here. The Ultrastar memory drive is currently available and sampling with select customers.

Western Digital Blog: In-Memory Computing – Lifting the Constraints of Scale

Western Digital at Supercomputing 2018

Western Digital will be showcasing its full range of solutions for HPC, cloud and analytics at Supercomputing 2018 (Booth #3901), including its new Ultrastar memory drive, its family of Ultrastar enterprise-class HDDs and SSDs as well at its ActiveScale™ and IntelliFlash™ systems, and its OpenFlex™ and Ultrastar Platforms.

Western Digital is continuing its transformation in a fast-moving data technology landscape, offering an exceptionally broad storage portfolio to address diverse needs. As part of this transformation, the company is unifying its brands to provide customers with more brand clarity, portfolio flexibility and simplification of choice. Over the coming months, customers will see products previously branded as Tegile™ and HGST, as well as some SanDisk® and WD® commercial and enterprise products, transition to Western Digital® branding. Visit the company’s new website at www.westerndigital.com for more information.

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