by Adam Armstrong

Mangstor MX6300 NVMe SSD Review

The Mangstor MX6300 is a Full Height, Half Length SSD that uses NVMe interface. The MX6300 comes in three capacities: 2.0TB, 2.7TB, and 5.4TB. The drive leverages enterprise MLC NAND and can be placed in x86 server PCIe slots. Using NVMe and MLC NAND gives the MX6300 tremendous performance benefits. Mangstor claims the drive can hit 900K IOPS on random read performance and 3.7GB/s sequential read and with seven complete drive writes per day endurance. The Mangstor MX6300 leverages Toshiba NAND and a software-defined flash controller developed by Mangstor using Altera FPGAs.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Announces TCO-Optimized, High-Performance SSDs; PM1633, PM1725 and PM953

Samsung has announced three TCO-optimized, high-performance SSDs--the PM1633, PM1725 and PM953--adding to its portfolio of advanced enterprise and data center SSDs. Built specifically for OEMs, the company’s new SSDs all leverage Samsung’s 3-bit MLC V-NAND flash memory to offer superior performance and reliability in high capacities points. Yesterday, Samsung had announced the mass production of their 256Gb 3D V-NAND flash memory based on 48 layers of 3-bit MLC arrays for use in SSDs.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk CloudSpeed Ultra Gen. II SATA SSD Announced

SanDisk has announced its new CloudSpeed Ultra Gen. II SATA SSD for cloud service provider and software-defined storage vendor environments in capacities up to 1.6TB. Designed for mixed-use, latency-sensitive transactional workloads, including e-commerce and collaborative online services, the CloudSpeed Ultra Gen. II boasts 32,000 4K write IOPS with 530MB/sec throughput. Additionally, SanDisk quotes their drive with 80ms in random read write latency as well as 99.9 percent QoS.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces BG1, XG3, and PX04P Series of PCIe NVMe SSDs

Toshiba has announced three distinct families of PCIe SSDs products, the BG1, XG3, and PX04P series of SSDs, all of which leverage the NVMe protocol. The new lines are targeted towards a variety of use cases and applications and are built to be optimized for high-performance and low latency all the while utilizing the PCIe interface. As a result, this creates point-to-point links with the processor to lessen system bottlenecks.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Expands Its Nytro Line With New Flash Products

Today Seagate Technology announced that it was expanded its Nytro line with three new products, Nytro XF1440 2.5”, Nytro XM1440 M.2 NVMe SSD, and the Nytro XP6500 Flash Accelerator Card. These new flash additions will extend Seagate’s flash products while working in conjunction with Seagate’s existing storage products.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Releases New SAS SSD Line, S600DC

Today Micron Technology announced a new series of SAS SSDs, The S600DC series. The new series builds off of Micron’s established reliability and is workload-optimized for continuous availability of 24/7 enterprise applications. This is Micron’s first product as a result of their strategic partnership with Seagate announced in February.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Announces New Enterprise SAS SSD With Speeds Of 1800MB/s

Today Seagate Technology announced that through its collaboration with Micron Technology Inc. it is releasing a new enterprise SAS SSD, the 1200.2. The collaboration brings NAND technology to Seagate and access to SAS drive technology for Micron. The drives run in capacity up to 3.84TB and Seagate claims a single drive can hit speeds of 1800MB/s.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba PX04S Enterprise SSD Review

The Toshiba PX04S Series is a third generation enterprise SAS SSD. The PX04S Series are 2.5”, 15mm SSDs with the largest capacity currently available of any 12Gbps SSD, at 3.84TB. The Toshiba PX04S family is comprised of 4 different models that cater to specific needs. There is a High-Endurance, Mid-Endurance, Value-Endurance, and Read Intensive model. The new PX04S also comes in a self-encrypting drive model that has instant secure erase and supports pin-3 power disable. The PX04S is dual ported and comes with a performance option that enables users to increase write performance by as much as 47%.

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by Lyle Smith

Micron M510DC SSD Review

The Micron M510DC SSDs are built for optimization during read-heavy workloads including content delivery and virtualization, fitting alongside (and not replacing) the existing M500DC line. This new line of light enterprise drives are based off of proven technology designed to hit low price points rather than delivering blistering performance. As such, the M510DC SSDs fit a very important demographic in organizations who have a multi-tier flash approach or can characterize their read-centric workloads and leverage this type of flash appropriately. Micron also ensures the M510DC has a complete set of enterprise features with its third-generation power loss architecture to protect data both at rest and in flight and its focus on reliability and longevity.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Unveils SM863 & PM863 Data Center SSDs

Today Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Introduced new high performance SATA SSDs aimed at small to medium businesses (SMB), the SM863 and the PM863. First showcased as CES earlier this year, Samsung states that the new SSDs will deliver higher reliability, faster speeds, and much higher capacities. This will give data centers better performance at a higher density while bringing down the overall footprint.

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