DELL EMC Glossary

Flash Module

Flash Modules are custom flash-based data storage components used in high performance storage devices.

What are Flash Modules (FMs)?

Flash Modules, used in Dell EMC’s Rack-Scale Flash storage appliances, deliver the highest performance, lowest latency, fastest data transfer rates and highest density flash-based storage. Customers use Flash Module based storage for the best application response time and to unleash the power of analytics for real-time decision making for the business.

What are the benefits of Flash Modules (FMs)?

Flash Modules provide higher performance than traditional SSDs – lower latency and higher I/O, throughput and density. Dell EMC Rack-Scale Flash appliances utilize Flash Modules and provide shared flash storage for compute and data intensive workloads – high performance databases and data warehouses, real or near-real time analytics and industry specific custom applications.

How do Flash Modules (FMs) work in Dell EMC Rack-Scale Flash (RSF) appliances?

Similar to SSDs, Flash Modules work by assembling NAND-based flash memory chips into an electronic non-volatile computer storage medium that can be electrically erased and rewritten. The Flash Modules in Dell EMC DSSD RSF appliances connect via dual PCIe Gen3 ports. This, combined with additional innovations like moving flash controls outside the Flash Module, enable our Flash Modules to provide up to 8 GB/s bandwidth and superior storage performance.