by Adam Armstrong

Intel Releases Two New Data Center SSD Series

Today Intel announced two new data center SSD series, the P4500 and P4600 series. Both the new series are built for cloud usage with Intel saying they are built to get more out of each server, minimizing service disruptions, and give customers the ability to efficiently manage at scale. The drives will come in two form factors, U.2 and AIC, and come in capacities up to 4TB.

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #20: The Future of Flash in the Data Center

When it comes to SSDs in the data center, there are a handful of products that stand well above the rest. Samsung has quite a few top performers, highlighted by their 15TB 2.5" SAS beast (PM1633a 15.36TB) that's being used in several storage arrays from NetApp, HPE and others. The net effect is shrinking data center footprints as the enterprise takes advantage of high capacity SSDs, in addition to major software advances that offer much better data reduction (dedupe, compression) technology with less of a CPU hit. In this podcast I talk with Richard Leonarz about these trends in addition to his views on the adoption of NVMe, next-gen 64-layer V-NAND and one place where even Richard doesn't think flash will be deployed.

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by Brian Beeler

Micron Sees Huge SSD Sales, XPoint Products Shipping This Year

Micron reported their 2Q 2017 results last night and the quarter was a monster. Much of that is due to great traction in Micron's SSD business, thanks to 3D TLC NAND making Micron highly cost competitive. Micron also saw increases in their OEM, cloud and enterprise businesses, both in terms of capacity shipped and total sales. Micron is obviously benefitting from the shift away from HDDs as a capacity tier; perhaps in an outsized way as their strength right now is clearly in higher capacity SATA SSDs that are especially popular in software defined platforms like VMware vSAN.

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by Brian Beeler

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Enterprise SSD Launched

Back in July of 2015, Intel and Micron announced their partnership on a new type of NAND technology that they initially named 3D XPoint (pronounced cross point). The new technology promised several things including a big boost in performance. About a month later Intel announced that their version of 3D XPoint would be called Optane. Neither company had much to say until today, Intel is revealing its first enterprise Optane product, the Optane SSD DC P4800X series.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston Digital Launches DCP1000 SSD

At the OCP Summit 2017, Kingston Digital, Inc. announced that it has begun shipping its Data Center PCIe 1000 SSD (DCP1000). The new SSD is aimed at the emerging flash-based data center. The DCP1000 aggregates four individual 8-channel SSDs together to deliver up to a reported 1.25 million IOPS when stressing each of the SSDs in aggregate.

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by Josh Linden

Samsung PM1725 SSD Review

Samsung has successfully established itself as an innovator in flash-based storage across the enterprise and consumer markets. For example, the prosumer-oriented Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD recently broke our consumer SSD benchmark record for sequential performance,while also reaching the highest capacity of any M.2 drive on the market. Two and a half years ago, Samsung was first to market with an enterprise NVMe SSD with its XS1715, which maintained a dominant position among enterprise NVMe SSDs though 2015. Thus, we were excited to begin our benchmark of Samsung's successor to the XS1715 -- the PM1725 NVMe PCIe SSD.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Announces SanDisk Skyhawk NVMe SSD Series

Today Western Digital Corp. (WDC) introduces their new Skyhawk Series of NVMe SSDs. The new series of drives are aimed at cloud providers, bringing all of the performance benefits of NVMe to cloud computing. The drives will come in two flavors, the Skyhawk which is a read-intensive drive and the Skyhawk Ultra for mixed-use workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Introduces 512Gb, 64-Layer 3D NAND Chip

Today Western Digital Corp. introduced what it is referring to as the world’s first 512Gb 64-layer 3D NAND chip. WD states that it has begun its pilot production of the new NAND chip and intends to enter mass production in the second half of this year. The release of this chip, the first of it’s kind to market, is the result of nearly 30 years of flash technology development.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron 5100 ECO SSD Review

The Micron 5100 SSD family is the new series of SATA SSDs aimed at data-center adoption. Micron has released three flavors for specific use cases: 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. All of the drives come in two form factors: 2.5-inch and M.2, and in capacities up to 8TB for the 2.5-inch and 2TB for the M.2.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Introduces 8TB SATA SSD For The Data Center

Today Micron Technology, Inc. introduced its new enterprise SATA SSD family, the Micron 5100 family. The 5100 family comes in three models for varying needs of data centers and comes with a maximum capacity of 8TB, the highest capacity for a SATA SSD currently available. Micron is positioning its new family of drives to act as a bridge for organizations as they transition to all-flash data center.

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