by Mark Kidd

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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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Introduces The P3100, The First M.2 NVMe SSD For Data Centers

Today Intel introduced its latest SSD series for the data center, the Intel SSD DC P3100 Series. Unlike most SSDs made for the data center, the P3100 is a single-sided M.2 form factor with an NVMe interface. The P3100 comes in capacities up to 1TB, endurance up to 580TBW, and performance up to 1.8GB/s sequential read.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba & NetApp Partner On Storage For FAS & E-Series

Today NetApp and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced that Toshiba’s PX04S enterprise SAS SSDs will be shipping in NetApp’s hybrid FAS and E-Series systems. The PX04S is FIPS 140-2 certified adding another level of security to both the FAS and E-Series systems. Toshiba is a key supplier of SSDs for NetApp FIPS certified products and today’s announcement strengthens that bond.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mangstor Showcases Its NX6325 & Earns IOVP Certification

Today at VMworld Europe 2016 in Barcelona, Mangstor, Inc. showcased its NX6325 storage array with Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) over RDMA networks. We previously reviewed the NX6325 over fabrics here and found it to be fastest shared storage solutions we had tested. Mangstor also announced that its MX-Series NVMe-based SSDs earned certification on VMware vSphere 6.0.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Introduces Six New 3D NAND SSDs

Today Intel unveiled six new 3D NAND SSDs. These new SSDs are designed to hit various aspects of the industry from client to data center to drive designed specifically to handle the Internet of Things (IoT). These drives are the first SSDs from Intel to utilize 3D NAND.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Rebrands XPoint As QuantX & Releases Performance Numbers

At the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Micron Technology announced its own branded version of the new NAND based off of 3D XPoint, QuantX. This announcement mirrors Intel announcing its own product based off of the same technology, Optane Technology. Micron also released some performance numbers to give the industry a closer look at what XPoint technology is capable of.

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