Enterprise SSD Reviews
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HGST Ultrastar SN100 Series 2.5" NVMe SSD Review

At the end of last year, we reviewed the HGST SN150 and found it to be a solid, good performing NVMe drive. The SN100 is the 2.5" equivalent and comes in capacities up to 3.2TB like the SN150. HGST's aim then is to make NVMe adoption easy, providing a wide range of form factors and capacities to suit most needs. The HGST Ultrastar SN100 series is specifically designed for data center professionals who need high application performance at a low total cost of ownership. While support for 2.5" NVMe drives doesn't match SAS in the enterprise, the benefits of front-of-server serviceability are front of mind for those wanting a familiar deployment model for their latency sensitive applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba HK4R SSD Review

Back in February, Toshiba announced the HK4 series, the latest addition to its high-performance, enterprise SSDs. The HK4 series comes in two models: a value endurance model and a read intensive model. Toshiba has doubled the maximum capacity of the drives, running all the way up to a maximum of 1.92TB (the HK3s topped out at 960GB). As with the previous model, the HK4 is a 2.5” form factor that supports SATA 6Gb/s interface. The HK4 also features vital enterprise functionality, including full power loss and end-to-end protection, as well as proprietary QSBC (Quadruple Swing-By Code) error-correction technology, the latter which helps to protect and secure data from corruption caused by NAND flash memory media wear.

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PMC NV1604 Flashtec NVRAM Drive Review

PMC’s NV1600 Flashtec series are non-volatile memory (NVRAM) drives that use NVMe interface through PCIe. The NV1600 Flashtec NVRAM drives are all about performance with claims of over 10 million IOPS and sub-microsecond latency. Unlike SSDs, NVRAM has near unlimited endurance, leveraging DRAM that is battery-backed to flash in the event of power loss. The NV1600 Flashtec series comes in three capacities 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB.

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HGST Ultrastar SN100 Series AIC NVMe SSD Review

The Ultrastar SN100 Series of enterprise SSDs is HGST's first foray into NVMe drives, with their prior work being centered on the SAS interface. The family of drives is broken into two categories, the SN100 referring to the 2.5" form factor and the SN150 meaning half-height half-length add-in-card (AIC) form factor. In either shape the drives are designed to meet the most demanding workloads with an emphasis in cloud, hyperscale and enterprise applications. The SN100 Series comes in capacities up to 3.2TB and offers read throughput of up to 3GB/s (seq 128k) and random read and write IOPS of 743,000 and 140,000 respectively. 

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Intel SSD DC P3608 AIC NVMe SSD Review

The Intel DC P3608 is a high-performance enterprise NVMe SSD that leverages the add-in-card (AIC) form factor aimed at the database, HPC and real-time analytics. The half-height, half-length (HHHL) cards offer capacities up to 4TB and performance at the top end of 5GB/s sequential read and 3GB/s sequential write, along with 850,000 random 4K read IOPS. The P3608 extends the P3600 series which comes in both 2.5" and AIC form factors. The P3608 effectively combines two P3600s onto one AIC, which yields a doubling of capacity and performance from a single P3600 drive. 

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Huawei ES3000 V2 AIC PCIe SSD Review

The Huawei ES3000 V2 PCIe SSD cards are designed to address server storage IO bottlenecks, accelerate business applications and improve overall resource utilization. The ES3000 family offers both full-height, half-length and low profile form factors, with capacity options ranging from 600GB to a maximum of 3.2TB. 

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Memblaze PBlaze4 AIC NVMe SSD Review

Memblaze has a new generation of NVMe SSDs designed for the enterprise. The PBlaze4 is intended for data centers running cloud computing, database, and other demanding applications. It is available in both half-height, half-length (HHHL) and full-height, half-length (FHHL) form factors, and capacities ranging from 800GB to 6.4TB. 

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Intel SSD DC P3700 2.5" NVMe SSD Review

The Intel SSD DC P3700 series of SSDs is Intel's latest NVMe SSD designed for mainstream applications and storage system providers. The P3700 comes in both a 2.5" and PCIe add-in card form factors and capacities up to 2TB. At the top end, the P3700 delivers up to 2,800MB/s sequential read, 2,000MB/s sequential write and 450,000 random 4K read IOPS. Beyond the hero numbers though, Intel is specifically targeting predictability in performance with the P3700, understanding that consistency of IOPS is as important as top-end performance. 

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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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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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