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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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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