The world’s largest memory chip maker, Samsung, announced that it has worked with Western Digital to improve the adoption of next-generation storage technologies in storage infrastructures. cloud and servers. Companies will align their strengths and technologies to strengthen zone storage solutions and create an ecosystem for this purpose.
The two companies have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to improve technology adoption Zoned storage in the cloud and enterprise applications. This collaboration will make it easier for customers, as their devices will be supported by multiple vendors (software and hardware) through a strong ecosystem.
Western Digital laid the foundation for zoned storage by contributing to the Linux kernel and free software community. With Samsung’s help, the technology will develop faster and gain wider support for users and app developers.
Samsung and Western Digital have therefore launched the initiative called Zoned storage. It will contribute to the wider adoption of similar technologies, including ZNS SSDs (Zoned namespaces) and SMR hard drives (Shingled magnetic recording).
In collaboration with SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) and the Linux Foundation, companies will develop models and frames level for similar storage technologies.
A true collaboration
SNIA approved the Zoned Storage Technical Working Group in December 2021. It defines common use cases for zoned storage and specifies host/device architecture and programming models. Going forward, the working group will include other emerging storage technologies such as NVMe on fabrics (NVMe-oF).
Jinman Han, Senior Vice President, Head of Memory Sales and Marketing, Samsung Electronics, said, “This collaboration is a testament to our relentless efforts to meet the current and future needs of our customers, and is of particular significance as we anticipate that it will actively grow into a broader base of engagement for storage standardization in zoned. Our collaborative efforts will span hardware and software ecosystems to ensure that as many customers as possible can enjoy the benefits of this very important technology.“.