Technology, founded in
based in Haidian District, Beiijng, China, has the mission of making data
processing faster and smarter by designing innovative high-performance PCIe
Memblaze's PCIe SSD overview page,
Editor:- May 28, 2016 -
Memblaze has made its
first appearance ranked in the
Top SSD Companies List
in the Q1 2016
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editor - May 21, 2014
Memblaze Technology -
(new to me - but which designed it first prototype PCIe flash accelerator in
2010 - and whose customers include Baidu) says its design architecture
provides the lowest CPU load in the industry - with host system memory usage
as low as 1MB per PCIe SSD card, and R/W latencies (for SLC) in the region of
60 / 14 microseconds.
Memblaze designs its own controllers using FPGAs.
Their MLC SSDs use modern
details about their controller architecture
be seen in this Xcell Journal article.
performance (latency and throughput) comes from
architecture (pdf) - which benefited from analyzing the weaknesses of
earlier product implementations by other vendors in the market. - Memblaze has
created what it calls a 3rd generation approach.
partitioning and distribution of controller functionality between its offload
controller and host interaction means that the interrupts per IO in its design
are typically 10x lower than other fast PCIe SSDs with comparable
capacity and performance.
Memblaze also claims to have the industry's
amplification parameter - for SSDs in this performance class and form
the time of writing this (May 2014) Memblaze offered 4 main categories of
products within the PBlaze3 product line.
See datasheet for more
|(all specs for 4KB)
130K random write IOPS
|upto 2.4TB, |
|upto 1.2TB, |
280K random write IOPS
- Infinity Group (a
that, together with Z-Park Venture
Capital in Beijing, it had invested 20 Million RMB (nearly US$3.2 Million)
an article in
- based on an interview with the Memblaze's Marketing Director - Zhibo Tang -
talked about the investors in - and aspirations of - Memblaze - revealing
among other things that - "Memblaze wants to displace
Fusion-io as the
server-side flash king in China..."
In October 2014 -
Memblaze launched its
EBlaze3 (14µS latency
PCIe SSDs) in Europe.
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|Memblaze gets more funding|
|Editor:- December 21, 2015 - Memblaze today
it had received "tens of millions of US dollars" in Series C
funding. Among other things the company said it will now expand its sales
efforts in international markets.|
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why did Memblaze launch its new 14µS latency PCIe SSDs in Europe
|Editor:- October 31, 2014 - Something I saw in
a press release this week by Memblaze Technology
made me think I'd better pause to check the significance behind the words
before mentioning it here.|
The story - from their
PR agency -
A3 Communications - was about
the launch of a new PCIe
SSD - the EBlaze3 - in Europe - which contained the phrase.
will be the first time the technology is available outside China."
wondered if - behind that statement - there might have been an implied message
that the new product will be sold preferentially in Europe - rather than the
US - as we have seen evolving in stories about one of the world's biggest
enterprise companies - to have emerged from China -
this wording - and the showing of Memblaze's EBlaze3 at a trade show this
week in Germany - simply due to the timing of having booked booths at trade
shows and the availability of the new product - rather than an expression of
preference about which market - the US or EU - is more important for their new
enterprise SSD to be seen in?
So I asked Ron MacLeod - who is VP
of marketing for Memblaze in Europe - to clarify.
Ron said - "The
product will be available in the US in the same way it is available in Europe.
And with regard to timing indeed it was just coincidence that the Powering the
Cloud event was running and at which was the first time Memblaze was public in
Europe. There is no favouritism over markets except the US is potentially larger
- so no hidden messaging. We value the European business and other potential
global partners equally."
Editor's comments:- That's good to know. So - my apologies to readers
for having sat on this story for a few days longer than was necessary.
- The Memblaze EBlaze3 (upto 2.4TB in HHHL and 4.8TB in FHHL single slot) is
a new version of the
card - which is aimed at, Hyperscale and OCP (Open Compute Project
It offers an ultra-low latency of 14µs and
enables customers to define and alter key settings to ensure optimum
performance in their specific applications and platforms.