Data centre infrastructure EMC Corp. has put Flash memory technology at the centre of several recent server and storage-related product launched.

The vendor announced the EMC Xtrem family of Flash-optimized server and storage products and introduced a new line of EMC XtremSF PCIe-based Flash cards for improved application performance.

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XtremSF is server Flash hardware, available in a broad set of eMLC and SLC capacities. It can be deployed as either direct attached storage (DAS) that sits within the server to deliver high performance—or it can be deployed in combination with EMC XtremSW Cache server caching software.

Also now available for select customers is XtremIO, which EMC said is “purpose built” to leverage Flash and deliver higher levels of “functional IOPS” to applications that require high levels of random I/O performance, such as OLTP databases, server virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure.

“Flash technology is enabling new levels of application performance and is the single biggest consideration to how customers are architecting their data centres today,” said

Zahid Hussain, senior vice-president and general manager for EMC’s flash products division, in a statement. “We’re delivering a market-leading and comprehensive portfolio of Flash solutions across a variety of customer use cases and requirements. Going forward, we are dedicated to providing increased value through flash-optimized software and systems to break the barriers of today’s infrastructure silos.”

XtremSF 550 GB and 2.2 TB eMLC capacities are currently available globally. EMC expects to make 700 GB and 1.4 TB capacities available on EMC price lists in the second quarter of 2013. EMC said it will extend the XtremSF family with even higher capacity offerings in the future.

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