by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Introduces First Enterprise-Class 64-Layer 3D SSDs

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) continued on with its announcements of new products that feature its 64 layer, 3-bit-per-cell BiCS Flash technology (the other two being the TR200 and the BG3). Unlike the value drive and client NVMe SSD announced over the last few weeks, the drives announced today will feature the company’s 64 layer, 3-bit-per-cell enterprise-class TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS Flash. The new drive series are the TMC PM5 12Gbit/s SAS series and the CM5 NVM Express (NVMe) series.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD DC S3610 Series Review

Launched back in early 2015, the Intel DC S3610 Series is a line of SATA 6Gb/s SSDs intended for applications such as virtualization and e-commerce. These SSDs are equipped with 20nm Intel NAND Flash Memory technology designed and offer a blend of endurance and performance. Intel quotes the DC S3610 with sequential read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 520 MB/s, and random 4k speeds up to 84,000 OPS and 28,000 IOPS for reads and writes, respectively. Intel also claims a Quality of Service of 500 μs for random 4KB reads measured at a queue depth of 1.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVM Express Certifies Over 100 Market-Ready Devices

Today NVM Express Inc. announced that over one hundred market-reay products have been NVMe certified in the last four years. These devices certified include SSDs on a PCI Express (PCIe) bus as well across Fabrics. With a recent test conducted at University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), 21 new devices were added to the list (as well as 6 new NVMe-MI devices) bringing the total over 100.

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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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