by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Announces 2TB SATA SSD Optimized For Cloud Data Services

Today at Computex SanDisk Corporation announced a new, 2TB, purpose-built SSD for cloud service providers, the Cloudspeed Eco Gen. II SATA SSD. We reviewed the first Cloudspeed Eco and found that it performed well in our 8K and SQL server tests. The latest generation is based off of 15nm NAND flash and delivers greater density and 3 times the bandwidth of the HDDs it is designed as a drop-in replacement for. The new Cloudspeed Eco Gen. II SSDs will provide with a lower cost-per-square-foot for hyperscale applications such as analytics, media streaming, and content repositories.

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by Adam Armstrong

OCZ Plans To Unveil New TLC-based Trion SATA SSD and Z-Drive 6300 NVMe Add-In Card At Computex

Today OCZ Storage Solutions announced that they plan to showcase their new Trion-100 series at Computex this year. This new series of SSDs is based on Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND flash. This new series is aimed to provide an easy and affordable SSD for entry-level users looking to optimize mobile or desktop systems. OCZ will also have a first look at the Z-Drive 6300 add-in Card (AIC), the newest addition to the recently announced Z-Drive 6000 PCIe NVMe SSD series.

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by Adam Armstrong

OCZ Introduces NVMe Z-Drive 6000 PCIe SSD Series

Today OCZ Storage Solutions introduced a new series of SSDs that combine NVMe technology and PCIe Gen 3 technology, the Z-Drive 6000 series. The new SSD series is all about performance and capacity. The Z-drive 6000 series is highly flexible as well, with multiple configurations supporting a variety of form factors, capacity points, and endurance ratings.

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by Adam Armstrong

HGST Announces Ultrastar SAS SSDs Are Now Rated For 2.5 MTBF

HGST, a Western Digital company, has hit a few milestones recently with their enterprise drives. They ship the largest capacity non-SMR drive, the Ultrastar He8 8TB. Of their helium drives, they have deployed over a million so far. Recently their Ultrastar Helium HDDs achieved a field reliability of 2.5 million hours mean time between failures (MTBF), and on the heels of that news, HGST’s SAS SSDs have also achieved a MTBF of 2.5 million hours.

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Offers Limited Time 75% Discount On Local SSD

Google Cloud Platform announced a trial discount off of its Local SSD. The discount will take 75% off of their standard pricing. This promotion is aimed at getting potential customers to try it out and see the performance difference compared to a different vendor such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron And Intel Unveil New 3D NAND technology

Micron Technology and Intel announced today the availability of their new 3D NAND technology. Jointly developed by both companies, this new flash memory technology is being billed as the world’s highest-density. The companies claim that they will be able to get three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Developing New 48-layer 3D NAND

Toshiba has announced the development of a 48-layer three dimensional stacked cell structure flash memory named BiCS, a 2-bit-per-cell 128-gigabit (16 gigabytes) device. Primarily suited for solid state drives, the BiCS is based on a 48-layer stacking process, which enhances the reliability of write/erase endurance all the while boosting write speed. Sample shipments of products using the new process technology will start today.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Intrepid 3700 SSD Series Announced

OCZ Storage Solutions has announced the Intrepid 3700 Series, a new family of SATA III SSDs that adds to its Intrepid 3000 enterprise portfolio. The new Intrepid 3700 SSDs are designed to deliver top-class performance and I/O latency responses, which OCZ indicates will dramatically improve application performance and I/O efficiencies. The new line will also support higher storage densities up to 2TB, representing OCZ’s largest capacity of enterprise SATA SSDs to date.

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by Brian Beeler

Micron and Seagate Announce Strategic Partnership

Micron Technology and Seagate Technology have announced a strategic agreement, allowing the two companies to combine each of their own innovations and expertise. Micron and Seagate believe that this collaboration will benefit customers due to a focused approach to deliver new and improved storage solutions all the while helping them innovate faster and more effectively.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel DC S3710 and DC S3610 Data Center SSDs Released

Intel has announced two new additions to their data center family of SSDs, the Intel SSD DC S3710 Series and the Intel SSD DC S3610 Series. The Intel SSD DC S3710 Series is 2.5” form factor and comes in 200GB, 400GB, 800GB, and 1.2TB capacities. The Intel SSD DC S3610 Series comes in both 2.5” and 1.8” form factor with the 2.5” coming in 200GB, 400GB, 480GB, 800GB, 1.2TB, and 1.6TB capacities and the 1.8” coming in 200GB, 400GB, and 800GB capacities. Both of the new SSDs will use 20nm NAND, SATA interface and will deliver greater write performance compared to their prior models.

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