HP said it expects to ship Memristor storage as a denser (higher capacity in the same space) alternative to flash, by the end of this year in commercial applications. This is a faster schedule than has previously been indicated.
HP has photonic inter-node backplanes coming with an Apollo launch later this year, to speed data transfers between compute, storage and networking nodes in a converged system complex by sending light signals instead of electrical ones
A photonic-integrated fabric architecture might achieve 1TB/min.
Hitachi Data Systems believes it can drive the cost of MLC (2-bit multi-layer cell) flash to parity with high-performance SAS disk drive cost by the end of 2015.
Hitachi Data Systems will launch a 3.2TB flash module within weeks or a low number of months, doubling its current 1.6TB size, and will move to 6.4TB modules in 2014. This is aggressive and will give HDS a huge cost advantage over other flash suppliers.
If Memristor technology is used to build shared storage by HP then we could expect to see an HP Memristor array competing with an HDS super-MLC flash array