by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate 1200.2 SAS SSD Review (3.84TB, 3DWPD)

Seagate and Micron co-launched SAS SSDs at the end of 2015 in a partnership to accelerate sales of enterpise SSDs for the two companies. In the initial review, we looked at the 1.6TB capacity in the light endurance category which has an edurance rating of three drive writes per day (DWPD). Seagate offers 1200.2 SSDs across five endurance categories ranging from 1DWPD to 25DWPD. In this review we stick with the mainstream mixed workload light endurance category but pick up with the highest capacity 3.84TB model. 

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by Adam Armstrong

WDC Announces Four-Bits-Per-Cell 3D NAND Technology

Today Western Digital Corp. announced that it has successfully developed four bits per cell, X4, flash memory architecture offering on 64-layer 3D NAND, BiCS3, technology. WD has taken its innovation of X4 technology on its 2D NAND, built off of that (both form a technological and commercial aspect) and developed the new X4 technology for 3D NAND. WD will be showcasing new SSDs with the BiCS3 X4 technology in August at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California.

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by Adam Armstrong

Viking Ships Its 50TB SSD

Viking Technologies has announced that it has a new 50TB SSD, the Silo Solid State Drive. The drive comes in a 3.5” form factor with a SAS interface. While there are a few other companies with ultra high capacity, 3.5” SSDs, Viking is taking orders on the drive and shipping it now.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron 5100 MAX SSD Review

Earlier this year, Micron launched its new 5100 SSD family of data center drives. The family had three flavors of drives, the ECO for read-intensive workloads such as video streaming, the PRO for latency-sensitive transactional databases, and the MAX for write-intensive logging applications. In January we reviewed the ECO, finding that while it lacked in performance in some of our workloads, it did offer things such as up to 8TB (making it an ideal HDD replacement) and FlexPro firmware. For this review we will be looking at the 5100 MAX.

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by Adam Armstrong

Memblaze Releases 11TB PCIe NVMe SSD

Recently Memblaze Technology Co., Ltd. launched its next generation of PCIe NVMe SSD products, PBlaze5 700 and 900 series. The new SSD series are designed for hyper-scale data center deployment and for enterprise mission critical applications, respectively. The new drives come in both U.2 and Half-Height Half-Length Add In Card (HHHL AIC) form factors, utilize Memblaze's high-quality 3D Enterprise-level TLC NAND, support NVMe 1.2a, and have capacities up to 11TB (8TB for the 900 series).

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by Adam Armstrong

NVM Express Releases 1.3 Specification

Today NVM Express, Inc. announced that it has completed and has released its NVMe 1.3 specification. NVM Express made a commitment to Enterprise, Cloud, and Client customers and it has delivered on that commitment by adding capabilities that meet specific needs of the above markets as well as Virtualization and Streams. NVM Express also expanded the reach of the interface to the Mobile sector by adding the Boot Partitions feature, which enables bootstrapping of an SSD in a low resource environment.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD DC P4501 Series Announced

Intel has announced the SSD DC P4501 Series, the newest addition to their 2nd Generation Intel 3D NAND SSD family. Built from the ground up with an all-new Intel designed NVMe controller and firmware, the new Intel SSD is touted as a low-power SSD for the data center, fitting nicely alongside the recently announced Intel DC P4500 and DC P4600 Series. The DC P4501 Series has also been optimized for read-intensive workloads and to maximize CPU utilization, which allows data centers to increase users, add more services, and perform more workloads per server.  

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by Adam Armstrong

WDC Announces HGST Ultrastar SAS SS300 SSD

Today Western Digital Corp. (WDC) announced its highest-performing SAS SSD to date, the HGST-branded Ultrastar SS300. This new addition to the Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS SSD family is designed, like the rest of the family, to meet the rigorous data demands of many of the world’s largest companies. The drive was designed in partnership with Intel and has random performances of 400K IOPS read and 200K IOPS write.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Demonstrates 64-layer BiCS Technology On A Client NVMe SSD

Toshiba Storage will demonstrate its new 64-layer BiCS FLASH 3D technology via an XG Series client NVMe PCIe SSD at Dell EMC World 2017. Toshiba’s latest BiCS FLASH combines performance, cost, and endurance for all types of SSDs. Back in August of 2015, Toshiba began developing the first (i.e., 48-layer) iteration of BiCS 3D technology.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Enterprise Read Intensive SATA SSD Roundup Review

When it comes to enterprise SSD marketing currently, NVMe and high-capacity SAS drives garner most of the headlines. But behind their more showy cousins sit an entire stable of SATA SSDs that are taking the lion's share of overall SSD units shipped. Enterprise SATA SSDs are commonly segmented further into read intensive and write intensive categories. In a few outlier cases a vendor may also ship a mixed-use drive just to cover all the bases. In reality, these drives are all the same at the core, with the key difference simply being overprovisioning and firmware. Overprovisioning generally determines the usable capacity and endurance attributes of a drive. In this roundup we're taking a non-standard approach. Our SSD reviews are generally a deep dive into a single drive. In this case we've lined up five of the leading read intensive SSD offerings from Intel, Toshiba, Samsung, Micron and SanDisk to see how they stack up in this lucrative market segment. 

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