KIOXIA Introduces Sample PCIe NVMe Technology-Based Flash Hardware for the Linux Foundation’s Software-Enabled Flash Community Project

Open-Source Software Project Enables Software Developers to Maximize Use of Flash Media

SAN JOSE, Calif., August 1, 2022 – Supporting the Linux® Foundation’s Software-Enabled FlashTM open-source project,  KIOXIA America, Inc. today announced innovative new software-defined technology and sample hardware based on PCIe® and NVMe® technology. This technology fully uncouples flash storage from legacy HDD protocols, allowing flash to realize its full capability and potential as a storage media. KIOXIA will highlight Software-Enabled Flash at this week’s Flash Memory Summit Conference & Expo at its booth #307 on the show floor and present the session, “NVMe Software-Enabled Flash Storage for Hyperscale Data Centers,” at the Santa Clara Convention Center.


To reach efficiency at scale, hyperscale cloud storage needs more from flash storage devices that are currently based on hard disk drive protocols created decades ago. To resolve this, the Linux Foundation’s Software-Enabled Flash Community Project will enable industry adoption of a software-defined flash API, giving developers the ability to customize flash storage specific to data center, application and workload requirements.  The project was created to benefit the storage developer community with a vendor agnostic, flexible solution that meets the evolving requirements of the modern data center.


Software-Enabled Flash technology consists of an open-source API and libraries coupled with purpose-built, media-centric flash hardware focused on hyperscale requirements and provides the tools for software developers to maximize the yet untapped capabilities in flash storage. By unlocking the full power of flash, this technology breaks free from legacy HDD protocols and creates a platform specific to flash media in a hyperscale environment. 


“Software-Enabled Flash technology fundamentally redefines the relationship between the host and solid-state storage, offering our hyperscaler customers real value while enabling new markets and increasing demand for our flash solutions,” said Eric Ries, SVP, Memory Storage Strategy Division (MSSD), KIOXIA America, Inc.  “By delivering the ability to flexibly deploy and manage flash-based storage, and get the maximum value out of it, we are making good on our promise to improve flash efficiencies in hyperscale data centers.”


To visit KIOXIA America’s FMS event platform, 3D virtual booth, demonstrations and more please visit: https://www.vrexhibitdesign.com/AEM/kioxia/VEC/


For more information, please visit www.kioxia.com and www.SoftwareEnabledFlash.com.


About KIOXIA America, Inc.

KIOXIA America, Inc. is the U.S.-based subsidiary of KIOXIA Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs). From the invention of flash memory to today’s breakthrough BiCS FLASH™ 3D technology, KIOXIA continues to pioneer innovative memory, SSD, and software solutions that enrich people's lives and expand society's horizons. The company's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive, and data centers. For more information, please visit KIOXIA.com.


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