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Persistent Memory: The Ideal Technology for Optimizing Enterprise Workloads


Winning or losing is often based on how fast your company turns ideas into value. IT needs to accelerate time-to-market for products and services. Find out how HPE Persistent Memory can help.

Blog_PersistentMemory_.jpgIT needs to operate at the speed of business in meeting customer demands. That means accelerating time-to-market for new products and services. The difference between winning and losing is often based on how fast your company can turn ideas into value.

To move fast, end users need instant access to put data to work more quickly for better business outcomes. Your business also needs resilient, reliable technology that can handle demanding application workloads. Data center solutions must achieve workload optimization and sync with the processes at the core of the business. 

The problem: removing bottlenecks and latency

What’s the key to achieving an agile IT environment?  A good place to start is removing database storage bottlenecks and in-memory compute latency.

The problem is, traditional storage systems can be slow and often can’t keep up with the speed of memory. No matter how much memory your server has, your system is only as fast as your storage. In-memory computing can address this issue to an extent, but traditional memory is volatile. That means it can’t retain data once the power source is cut off on the motherboard or when the app is closed.

The answer: non-volatile memory with persistence

Using non-volatile memory is key to solving storage bottlenecks and in-memory compute latency—that’s because applications have indirect access to data that’s saved on storage systems. They have to go through blocks of data to reach the actual data, and that slows down the application’s performance. But if applications have direct access to non-volatile memory—so that the data persists—processing speeds increase significantly. 

Enter persistent memory. Offering the best of both worlds, persistent memory delivers the performance of memory and the persistence of storage. The technology features non-volatile DRAM to accelerate application performance, and the memory is backed by a layer of flash storage that stores the application data. That means the data is retained in memory throughout entire workload processes, allowing end users to work more efficiently.

Memory speeds with terabyte capacity

HPE offers Scalable Persistent Memory that runs at memory speeds with terabyte capacity. The DRAM layer accelerates applications while a dedicated flash storage tier delivers persistence. The technology also provides a backup power source to streamline the movement of data from the DRAM to flash storage.

This combination delivers larger in-memory compute capacity with persistence—up to 27x faster checkpoints and a 20x database restart time reduction. This breakthrough execution unlocks new levels of performance for a variety of IT workloads:

  • Server consolidation and server virtualization environments
  • Heady-duty structured databases such as Oracle and SQL
  • Business intelligence and other decision-support analytic applications
  • ERP, CRM, and other apps used across the enterprise
  • Virtual desktop infrastructures

But we’re not standing still! The HPE software ecosystem is further driving persistent memory optimization around performance and fault tolerance domains by working in conjunction with operating system and application partners.

What Is Persistent Memory?

Continuing to lead the way in optimizing persistent memory

HPE broke ground in the IT industry with its massive persistent memory breakthrough and continues to lead the way with the ProLiant Gen10 server platform, now offering higher-capacity persistent memory in a non-volatile, dual-inline form factor. This technology can help you enhance your competitive edge, identify areas to cut costs, and uncover new ways to drive revenue.

HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers also enable you to build a flexible, software-defined infrastructure that’s scalable and allows you to deploy a composable hybrid IT environment across your datacenter, private clouds, public clouds, and the network edge. Find out how by checking out the Hybrid IT Helps Businesses Navigate Through Digital Transformation white paper by Moor Insights and Strategy.

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Michael Pratt’s passion is helping customers go further. His job is making products that make servers go further. He spends his days connecting the two.