by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Memblaze PBlaze4 2.5" NVMe SSD Review

The PBlaze4 enterprise SSD platform is a new generation of PCIe flash storage from Memblaze, built with PMC’s Flashtec NVMe controllers and Toshiba MLC NAND. This hardware profile powers Memblaze’s MemSpeed and MemSolid SSD optimization technologies as an NVMe-compliant SSD solution with performance and endurance specifications oriented towards hyperscale datacenters and other enterprise applications. Like the PBlaze3, this family of drives is capable of offloading many of the processes that are handled by host CPUs with other SSD architectures.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Samsung XS1715 2.5" NVMe SSD Review

Samsung was first to the enterprise 2.5" NVMe SSD party when they announced the XS1715 in the summer of 2013. It was also the first solid-state drive to leverage the new SFF-8639 connector. While the drive didn't enter mass production until September of 2014, the XS1715 found immediate adoption by server OEMS looking to push the boundaries of what was possible in terms of high-speed server storage. We first saw the XS1715 in the Dell PowerEdge R920, which is part of Dell's 4x CPU powerhouse server line. Dell supported up to eight of the NVMe drives in that system and even with just two 800GB XS1715s, we saw over 1.1 million 4K read IOPS and over 800,000 8K read IOPS; it is also quoted to deliver sequential read speeds up 3,000MB/s, allowing it to process 500GB of data in under 3 minutes. As such, we will somewhat belatedly take a look at the 1.6TB XS1715 SSD to see how it holds up with a little bit of age on it, as the rest of the industry races to shake Samsung from its early leadership position in enterprise NVMe market.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate 1200.2/Micron S600DC Enterprise SAS SSD Review

In February of this year, Micron and Seagate signed a strategic partnership to more or less leverage each other's strengths to create next-generation flash storage. Seagate has a deep IP portfolio around drive interfaces and Micron has access to a pool of flash via NAND fabs; the deal matches strengths of each pretty well. The first product from this partnership is an enterprise SAS SSD carrying a dual set of colors as both the Seagate 1200.2 and the Micron S600DC. The drives themselves are identical; all of the same components, firmware and drive features are offered by both companies and they even roll off the same production lines. The only difference will be go to market strategy for each and the stickers on the SSD's case. 

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by Brian Beeler

SanDisk Reportedly Looking for a Buyer

Hot on the heals of the biggest tech merger of all timereports surfaced this week that SanDisk is shopping itself, looking for a buyer in perhaps WD or Micron. SanDisk has been on the other side of the coin for the last few years, buying up FlashsoftPliantFusion-io and Smart Storage to name a few. SanDisk has also launched their own "JBOF" dubbed Infiniflash, which has seen some recent design wins (Tegile and Nexenta), and SanDisk has contributed to Ceph and other open projects to encourage flash integration. SanDisk also has a flash development agreement with Toshiba, the two pairing to battle against Samsung, Micron and Hynix on the NAND fabrication front. Lastly, let's not forget that SanDisk has a large client-facing portfolio as well, albeit in more commodity products like USB drives, memory cards and client SSDs. The decision to sell then, if true, opens up many potential suitors beyond the likes of WD and Micron.

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by Adam Armstrong

OCZ Announces Host Managed SSD For Its Saber Line

Today OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group company announced its Saber 1000 series will now have Host Managed SSD (HMS) technology. As we previously spoke about in our second piece on SMR drives, Host Managed technology allows the host to manage certain aspects of the drives in order to boost performance and help give the drives a more consistent latency. HMS in the Saber line will enable certain background processing tasks to be managed such as garbage collecting, which will give the drives, even in a large storage pool, higher performance and better latency.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Introduces DC P3608 Data Center NVMe SSD

Today Intel released its latest data center SSD, the DC P3608. The P3608 leverages NVMe interface to give it performance up to 850,000 IOPS in 4K random read tests. When paired with Intel’s multi-core Xeon processors, the new SSD can obtain real-world transfer speeds up to 5GB/s. And the P3608 runs in capacities for 1.6TB up to 4TB, doubling the highest capacity of the previous P3700 drive by Intel.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung SM863 SSD Review

Samsung’s latest enterprise SATA SSDs are its two new lines, the PM863 and SM863. The SM863 is built all in-house at Samsung using all Samsung components. The SM863 is designed more for write intensive applications, where as the PM863 is designed more for read-intensive applications. The SM863 utilizes Samsung’s V-NAND technology giving the SSD higher density with a lower footprint. The drive comes in five capacities ranging from 120GB to 1.92TB.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung PM863 SSD Review

The Samsung PM863 SSD line is the company’s latest enterprise SATA drive designed to offer consistent performance for data centers and server data storage use cases. Released alongside the SM863, the PM836 works best for read-intensive applications including streaming services, content delivery networks, web servers, and cloud services, while the SM863 is designed more for write intensive applications. The new Samsung drive was first unveiled at this year’s CES back in February and was released late last month for enterprise businesses. The company has made the highly anticipated PM863 now available to SMBs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Introduces Optane Technology Based On 3D XPoint

Yesterday at Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel made a series of announcements around their work on upcoming products, most of which focus on connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). Of more interest to us here at StorageReview, is the introduction of Optane Technology based off of Intel’s collaboration with Micron on 3D XPoint (pronounced cross point) technology announced last month.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Announces 5TB and 6TB Capacities For WD Red Pro and Black Lines

WD has announced the addition of 5TB and 6TB capacities to its WD Red Pro line of hard drives, which are designed for NAS systems equipped up to 16 drive bays and businesses with more expansive storage requirements than the standard WD Red drives. We previously reviewed the WD Red Pro 4TB model.

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