Samsung inks MoU with Western Digital to create an ecosystem for zoned storage solutions

HomeIn-FocusSamsung inks MoU with Western Digital to create an ecosystem for zoned storage solutions

To standardize and drive broad adoption of next-generation data placement, processing and fabrics (D2PF) storage technologies, South Korean tech giant Samsung has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Western Digital. This partnership is aimed create widespread alignment and stimulate awareness for important storage technologies.

Under the MoU, Samsung and Western Digital will work together to create an ecosystem for zoned storage solutions.

With such collaborations, industry will be able to focus on countless applications that create greater value for customers.

This will also help end-users to get the confidence that these emerging storage technologies will have support from multiple device vendors as well as from vertically integrated hardware and software companies. In future, these initiatives will be expanded to include other emerging D2PF technologies such as computational storage and storage fabrics including NVMe™ over Fabrics (NVMe-oF).


In addition to this, this collaboration is expected to serve as a starting point to expand zone-based (e.g. ZNS, SMR) device interfaces, as well as future-generation, high-capacity storage devices with enhanced data placement and processing technologies.

According to Rob Soderbery, EVP and GM, Flash Business Unit at Western Digital, Storage is the essential foundation for how people and businesses consume and use data.

Emphasising on the importance of creating a technology ecosystem to be successful, Soderbery says that it is a must for overall frameworks and general solution models to come together so they do not suffer from fragmentation, which delays adoption and adds unnecessary complexity for software stack developers.

He informs that the Western Digital has been contributing to the Linux kernel and open-source software community for years to lay foundation for the Zoned storage.

Jinman Han, Corporate EVP, Head of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics, says that the joint efforts between two of us will embrace hardware and software ecosystems to ensure that large number of customers can reap the benefits of this highly important technology.

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