Enterprise SSD Reviews
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

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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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 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

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 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 Lyle Smith

SanDisk CloudSpeed Eco Review

The SanDisk CloudSpeed Eco launched in March of last year as part of the consolidation and rebranding of their line of SATA enterprise SSDs. The enterprise SATA family includes four models covering the gamut of use case needs. For its part, the CloudSpeed Eco is designed for the popular entry-enterprise category, which comprises mostly read-intensive workloads in scenarios including boot drive duty, web serving, media streaming, and performance read tier in hyperscale data centers. The CloudSpeed Eco comes in capacities of up to 960GB with cMLC NAND and supports a drive write per day over the three-year warrantied life. 

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