Samsung, Western Digital partner to boost next-gen storage technologies

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Archith Srinivas

Samsung Electronics and Western Digital today announced a memorandum of understanding for a groundbreaking collaboration to standardise and accelerate the adoption of next-generation data placing, processing, and fabrics storage technologies. These steps will allow the industry to focus on a plethora of applications that will ultimately create more value for customers.

This is the first time that Samsung and Western Digital have collaborated as tech leaders to develop widespread alignment and raise awareness for critical storage technologies. The partnership, which focuses on enterprise and cloud applications, is expected to spark a variety of collaborations around digital standardization and systems engineering for D2PF technologies such as Zoned Storage.

Rob Soderbery, EVP and GM at Western Digital said “Storage is the essential foundation for how people and businesses consume and use data.” He also added that to enable today’s needs and tomorrow’s next big ideas, they must innovate, collaborate and keep pace as an industry in bringing new standards.

The two companies have already launched a Zoned Storage initiative, which includes SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) HDDs and ZNS (Zoned Namespaces) SSDs. Samsung and Western Digital will characterise high-level models and methods for next-generation Zoned Storage technologies through organisations such as SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) as well as the Linux Foundation.

Furthermore, this collaboration is expected to serve as a jumping-off point for the expansion of zone-based device interfaces, as well as prospective, elevated storage systems with enhanced data placement and processing systems. Other upcoming storage technologies, like NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF), may be added to the group in the future.

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