Memory // Innovations

The Dawn of Persistent Memory

By Ryan Baxter - 2016-08-16

A lot has happened since our persistent memory announcement nearly a year ago. So much so that I felt like it was time for quick update:

Big adoption; Real results

We saw significant interest from major OEMs in our NVDIMM solutions. HPE in particular launched a significant campaign promoting the benefits of NVDIMM on their Gen 9 ProLiant servers this spring. They’re big believers in what persistent memory can do for their customers, and already have testimonials of dramatic improvements in deployment times and workflow efficiency. They’ve designed a clean and sleek solution that provides battery back-up for the modules within the server design, making it easy for customers to adopt:

Fully functioning persistent memory is more than a hardware solution, though—you need significant driver, OS, and application support to achieve the full benefit of our NVDIMMs. I’m happy to say that we’ve seen tremendous industry support. Microsoft’s support for direct NVDIMM access is providing a dramatically faster access path than SSDs. To dig into some of the specifics, watch this Channel 9 presentation on Using NVDIMM-N as Byte Addressable Storage in Windows Server 2016 by Microsoft’s Tobias Klima.

End-user recognition

And end users are noticing, too. Last week at the Flash Memory Summit, we were honored to accept the IT BrandPulse 2016 award for NVDIMM technology. This recognition is significant in that it’s based entirely on the votes of IT end users. Micron was selected across the board as the vendor of choice for NVDIMM.

What’s next for persistent memory? Lots—too much for this post; I’ll cover the future in my next post.

Ryan Baxter

Ryan Baxter