A group of tech firms have formed the Solid State Drive (SSD) Form Factor Working Group to devise standards for PCIe SSDs:
Looking to promote greater storage efficiencies in the data center, a broad coalition of industry-leading IT solutions providers today announced the Solid State Drive (SSD) Form Factor Working Group to advance the benefits of Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) storage drives through standardization. Together, the working group will focus on enterprise customers who are pushing the storage IO envelope and require high-performance, easy-to-use, cost-effective storage solutions to optimize CPU performance.
The new working group includes Promoter Members Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, IBM and Intel as well as Contributor Members Amphenol, Emulex, Fusion-io, IDT, Marvel Semiconductor, Micron Technology, Molex, PLX, QLogic, STEC, SandForce and Smart Modular Technology.
Currently, PCIe-based SSD solutions provide performance, but lack ease-of-use features customers have come to expect and appreciate. Industry standardization of form factor and interface is required to offer easy-to-use, compatible, scalable PCIe SSD solutions with lower integration costs. To help customers, the SSD Form Factor Working Group is dedicated to advancing technology standards in three technology areas:
* A connector specification which will promote interoperability of several storage protocols, supporting SAS/SATA 3.0 as well as PCIe 3. This allows greater user choice and flexibility.
* A form factor which builds upon the current 2.5-inch standard to enable enclosure flexibility while supporting the new connector definition and expanding the power envelope in support of higher performance.
* The support for hot-plug capability to create high-availability and serviceability benefits.