Kioxia has started sampling of its first SSDs featuring an Ethernet interface. The drives are meant to disaggregate modern datacenters by separating computing and storage in a bid to increase storage density, lower total cost of ownership, and lower power consumption. The drives connect to local area networks using a 25GbE interface (or two) simplifying creation of storage subsystems that use only NAND flash. 

A number of companies have experimented with Ethernet-connected storage devices for years and Kioxia appears to be one of the first makers to introduce its Ethernet SSDs. To build the platform — which consists of the drives themselves as well as Ethernet Bunch of Flash (EBOF) machines that house them — the company teamed up with Marvell, Foxconn-Ingrasys, and Accton. 



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