In this ESG Video Blog, ESG's Mark Peters interviews Scott Shadley, Micron's Principal Technologist of Storage Solutions.
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Mark: I'm here on the floor at VM World. There are tremendous changes going on in the IT industry right now, everything from Cloud and convergence and software-defined, onwards.
But it still needs infrastructure. And maybe it needs different infrastructure. Now, one of the most interesting things from an infrastructural perspective that we've heard about for sometime now, is 3D cross point from Micron. Now they're talking about context. So I wanted to find out - we've been hearing about it for a long time - when do we get to hear more, and what's it gonna be used for? So I stopped and talked to Scott Shadley, who's principal technologist at Micron.
Scott: Cross point was introduced a year and a half ago now. We did that joint announcement with Intel. It's a new memory technology. It's something that's never been seen before. We have to do something to enable that and make the market available for it, so we spent a lot of time working with the industry partners - a lot of them at the show where we are today - to work on an ecosystem around how to utilize this technology.
As you can see on the screen, we've talked about where it fits into the new tier structure that we have of the architectures available. We're putting it in a memory version, we're putting it in a storage version. We've got both of those available, and we're working with those partners to make sure that we do what's right for the industry. So, when you want to use a new technology, if you bring it out and just ship it to somebody and don't do anything to really get the infrastructure support around it, you start to lose traction of that memory technology and it goes away. It's like the Blu-ray versus HD DVD. HD DVD was better, Blu-ray did a better job of marketing the product.
So that's where we've spent the last year, and you'll start to see more of that coming out over the next couple of months into next year. To be able to get this technology, this media and this architecture ingrained and usable in the storage market as we need it today, to add that value of the speed, performance and technology tradeoffs that we're looking for out of the cross point and that Micron context to our architectures.