KIOXIA America, Inc. today announced the availability of the first hardware samples that support the Linux Foundation's vendor-neutral Software-Enabled Flash Community Project, which is making flash software-defined. The company is expecting to deliver customer samples in August 2023. Built for the demanding needs of hyperscale environments, Software-Enabled Flash technology helps hyperscale cloud providers and storage developers maximize the value of flash memory. The hardware from KIOXIA is the first step to putting this working technology in the hands of developers.

The first running units will be showcased in live demonstrations in the KIOXIA booth (#307) next week at Flash Memory Summit 2023 (FMS 2023). This new class of drive consists of purpose-built, media-centric flash hardware focused on hyperscale requirements that work with an open source API and libraries to provide the needed functionality. By unlocking the power of flash, this technology breaks free from legacy hard disk drive (HDD) protocols and creates a platform specific to flash media in a hyperscale environment.

Hosted by the Linux Foundation, this open source, global collaboration project will allow broad adoption of - and advancements to - software-defined flash to benefit the storage developer community. Focused on flash cloud storage, the project was created to be vendor agnostic and flexible in order to meet the evolving requirements of the modern data center.

According to the Linux Foundation's Mike Dolan, "The community is very active in data storage development, and this new project focusing on a software-defined API answers the serious need for a software-defined approach to flash storage in the cloud."