by Josh Linden

Memblaze PBlaze3H and PBlaze3L Application Accelerator Review

Memblaze offers a dizzying array of configurations for PBlaze3 across 38 different capacities as part Memblaze's Pianokey technology. In addition to the MLC-based drives evaluated for this review, both drives are also available in SLC editions. Pianokey and other core components of the PBlaze3 platform are built with Memblaze's own proprietary technologies which is one reason to keep an eye on their emerging new product lines. One of the advantages that Memblaze argues for its products over comparable drives is that the card provides most of the computational and DRAM requirements for its operation, reducing PBlaze3's operational overhead to the host system.

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by Brian Beeler

If Your Databases Aren't on Flash, You're Doing it Wrong

The title isn't meant to be incendiary, though it may come of as such. It's simply meant to communicate the point that the benefits of flash in the data center are so proven that if you're not taking advantage of flash in some capacity there are two main reasons why. Either one, you're afraid, or two, your data is low value and no one wants to access it. That's about it, the long-standing concerns over price and endurance have been mitigated and for certain applications like databases, flash delivers a better experience with lower cost of ownership. 

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by Lyle Smith

Intel PCIe with NMVe SSDs Announced

Intel has announced a new line of powerful SSD that combine PCI Express with NVM Express (NVMe) technology for substantial performance gains over SATA SSDs and traditional hard disk drives. The Intel SSD Data Center Family for PCIe are designed to meet the increasing needs for high-performance, consistent, and reliable storage solutions in the data center, all the while helping to lower total cost of ownership. The new line includes the Intel SSD DC P3700 Series for write-intensive applications, the Intel SSD DC P3600 Series for mixed workloads, and the Intel SSD DC P3500 Series for read-heavy uses.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Unveils Enterprise Vector 180 SSD

OCZ Storage Solutions is showcasing its storage portfolio including both enterprise and client applications, and is unveiling a new Vector 180 Series drive at Computex 2014 in Taiwan. The latest addition to the Vector family takes an enterprise slant, including an advanced feature-set specifically designed for entry-enterprise server workloads and enterprise client use cases. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung SSD 845DC EVO Review

The Samsung SSD 845DC EVO line of drives are specifically designed to provide high performance and reliability--though cost-effective--solutions for today’s increasing data traffic in servers and data centers. Samsung indicates its new family of SSDs will deliver a very high level of sustained performance as well as consistent low latency over the life of the drive, giving it the ability to meet demands of increasing data handling. Under the hood, the 845DC Evo is equipped with Samsung's 19nm Toggle 3bit NAND, making it the first enterprise-class SSD to use TLC NAND. This new use of NAND combined with its MEX controller allows the Samsung 845DC EVO to be one more energy-efficient drives on the market, all the while maintaining the excellent performance. 

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate to Acquire LSI Flash Storage Business from Avago

In the last few weeks Avago Technologies closed on their acquisition of LSI and now Avago has agreed to sell off the LSI flash storage assets to Seagate for $450 million. Formally the groups are referred to as the Accelerated Solutions Division (ASD) and the Flash Components Division (FCD) which accounts for the SandForce controller business and Nytro PCIe flash drives. The move comes as Seagate has been forced into action to react to the growth in the client and enterprise flash markets. They've also been flat out bludgeoned by WD, who has invested roughly a billion dollars in flash companies like STEC and Virident, the latter of which Seagate had just invested in when WD took out the entire company.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Toshiba PX03SN Enterprise SSD Review (800GB)

The PX03SN is Toshiba's latest option for customers looking to take advantage of the rapidly evolving light enterprise SSD niche. The PX03SN a read-intensive enterprise SSD that leverages 19nm Toshiba MLC NAND for duties which require enterprise read performance such as host server storage and caching where write operations would total less than the PX03SN’s rated one full drive write per day. The PX03SN is available in capacities from 200GB to 1.6TB and uses a 7mm 2.5-inch form factor with a SAS 12Gb/s interface.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk X300s Self-Encrypting SSD Announced

SanDisk has announced the X300s SSD which is the company’s first self-encrypting solid state drive. Using TCG Opal 2.0 and Microsoft Encrypted Drive hardware-based encryption in comination with a new SSD administration dashboard for easier audit and compliance management, the X300s SSD delivers maximum data protection and performance to help address IT decision makers’ top data management and security challenges. The SanDisk X300s SSD is also ideal for use as a high performance storage component for design-in scenarios, allowing OEM manufacturers hasten the delivery of new products to market.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Optimus Max 4TB SAS SSD Announced; Refreshes Entire SAS SSD Offerings

Hot on the heels of refreshing their enterprise SATA SSD line, SanDisk is updating their entire SAS offering with several new announced drives including the 4TB Optimus Max, Lightning Gen. II 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, and entire the Optimus product family, extending SanDisk’s entire SAS portfolio to cover the performance, capacity and endurance needs of a wide array of enterprise applications. The most important drive that was announced is SanDisk’s new Optimus Max 4TB flash drive, which is double the capacity of the current largest SSDs on the market all the while delivering SAS performance and features all at the cost of SATA SSD-like prices for enterprise, cloud, and virtualized data centers. This massive 4TB SSD gives organizations the ability to transition to a leaner infrastructure model, for maximum total cost of ownership.

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by Lyle Smith

SecureDrives Announces Self-Encrypting SSD With Physical Data Destruction

SecureDrives has announced that it will globally launch the world’s first 2.5inch Self Encrypting SSD with built in GSM and physical data destruction on demand, taking high-end data security to an unprecedented level next week. The new 2.5inch SDSRDD drive is designed to give a complete peace of mind, providing governments and organizations with a high data security solution for ‘data at rest’. The unit maintains data integrity before and after the event of loss or theft due to a series of new technology and security concepts. 

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