Enterprise SSD Reviews
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Micron P420m Enterprise PCIe SSD Review

The Micron P420m is an enterprise application accelerator that ranges up to 1.4TB in total capacity that leverages the PCIe interface and is uniquely offered in both a half-height, half-length (HHHL) and 2.5" form factors. Micron has opted for 25nm MLC NAND for the P420m to meet not only mainstream market requirements for performance and reliability, but also to provide a more cost-effective and higher capacity offering than their P320h which is paired with SLC NAND. The other core difference between the P420m and the P320h is that Micron has added capacitors to protect in-flight data in the event of an unplanned loss of power. The additional data protection feature keeps the card powered long enough to flush all writes to the NAND, giving enterprises one more layer of data protection. The HHHL card interfaces via PCIe Gen2 x8 to achieve sequential read performance up to 3.3GB/s with writes up to 630MB/s and random reads up to 750,000 IOPS and 95,000 IOPS for write activity. The 2.5" interfaces over PCIe Gen2 x4 for up to 1.8GB/s and 430,000 IOPS, respectively. 

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SMART Storage CloudSpeed 1000E Enterprise SSD Review

The SMART Storage Systems (a SanDisk company) CloudSpeed 1000 is a 7mm 2.5" enterprise SSD engineered for server and cloud computing environments. The drive offers a 6Gb/s SATA interface, capacities from 100GB to 960GB, and utilizes 19nm MLC NAND with specialized features designed to offer high endurance. The CloudSpeed 1000 from Smart comes in two variations, the 1000 and 1000E, to meet the varying needs of organizations that require either maximum capacity or greater levels of endurance. The CloudSpeed 1000 ships in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB, while the CloudSpeed 1000E arrives in 100GB, 200GB, 400GB and 800GB models. That extra over-provisioning on the 1000E model yields 7,680TBW, with the 1000 at 3,070TBW.

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Huawei Tecal ES3000 Application Accelerator Review

The Huawei Tecal ES3000 is a family of full-height half-length enterprise application accelerators that leverage MLC NAND in capacities up to 2.4TB and PCIe interface (2.0 x8). On the surface the Huawei cards sound similar to many other products on the market, but a deeper look reveals a unique triple controller design that joins two PCBs together to form an impressive offering. On the top end of the performance scale this means 3.2GB/s max read bandwidth and 2.8GB/s write. From a latency angle, all thee capacities can drive 49µs and write latency of 8µs. The cards have a number of additional features as well including enhanced error checking, power fail protection and mechanisms to drive enhanced endurance over the course of their life. 

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Fusion-io ioDrive2 MLC Application Accelerator Review (1.2TB)

The Fusion-io ioDrive2 MLC application accelerator comes in capacities up to 1.2TB in a half-height half-length (HHHL) form factor (or 3TB in FHHL) and is highlighted by exceedingly low read and write access latencies. While we've previously reviewed the ioDrive2 flagship Duo SLC, which is great for the most demanding applications, the ioDrive2 single drive with MLC is designed for more "pedestrian" workloads. Pedestrian in ioMemory language though means applications like databases that can accept read latencies of 68µs, compared to the 47µs latency found in the higher-end SLC ioDrive2. Of course offering the drive with MLC NAND brings with it benefits like reduced cost, and the MLC iteration also comes in higher capacities. The ioDrive2 single MLC comes in at a maximum 1.2TB capacity in HHHL or 3TB in FHHL, while the SLC Duo tops out at 600GB and 1.2TB respectively (though the Duo featured with MLC maxes at 1.2TB HHHL and 2.4TB FHHL capacities).

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by Josh Shaman

HGST Ultrastar SSD800MM Enterprise SSD Review

The HGST Ultrastar SSD800MM enterprise SSD is the second 12Gb/s SAS interface SSD available on the market and features co-developed Intel/HGST controllers and 25nm MLC NAND. The SSD800MM, which as the name indicates offers up to 800GB of capacity, fits into a new family of drives presented by HGST. The other SSDs in the series are the SSD800MH and SSD1000MR, and the whole line has been designed with the most demanding applications in mind such as big data analytics, high-frequency trading, online banking and cloud computing. On top of that, the SSD800MM is designed to be energy efficient with an option to select between 9W or 11W of power consumption to leverage energy efficiency or performance.

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by Josh Shaman

Intel SSD DC S3500 Enterprise Review

The Intel SSD DC S3500 is designed for data center applications such as in cloud computing, web hosting and other read-intensive environments, and the drive features an in-house controller, 20nm MLC NAND, and form factors at both 2.5" and 1.8". The DC S3500 is the latest SSD in Intel's new line while its sibling, the DC S3700 that we've also reviewed, is designed for the mainstream and high-performance enterprise market segments. These SATA 6Gb/s interfacing drives both take on the new four-digit naming convention Intel is incorporating to give more clarity and distinction to which drives belong to which category (consumer, pro, enterprise).

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by Kevin OBrien

Toshiba PX02SM Series Enterprise SSD Review

Toshiba's PX02SM is a high performance enterprise-class SSD that features eMLC NAND with capacities up to 1.6TB as well as a new dual port SAS 12Gb/s interface. The PX02SM updates the Toshiba MKx001GRZB Enterprise SSD that we reviewed which was previously Toshiba's pinnacle enterprise SSD with 32nm SLC NAND and SAS 6Gb/s in a 2.5", 15mm form factor. This time however, the Toshiba PX02SM comes to market in a 2.5" form factor that has been slimmed down from 15mm to just 7mm (still 15mm for the 1.6TB model). Additionally, Toshiba has chosen to implement eMLC NAND, attaining comparable endurance and even greater cost-effectiveness, yielding lower prices for organizations' IT budgets.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Talos 2 R Enterprise SSD Review

The OCZ Talos 2 R is a 2.5" form factor enterprise-class SSD that ranges in raw capacity up to nearly 1TB and features a SAS interface with dual-port support as well as cost-effective MLC NAND. The Talos 2 R also features OCZ's Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 that ties together a pair of SandForce flash controllers to deliver performance and capacity enhancements. This much makes the Talos 2 R similar to its sibling OCZ Talos 2 C that we recently reviewed. However, the Talos 2 R differentiates itself from the Talos 2 C by tacking on power fail protection to protect in-flight data from unexpected power loss, an upgraded controller and additional over-provisioning at 28% versus 7% on the Talos 2 C.

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by Kevin OBrien

Micron P320h 2.5" PCIe Application Accelerator Review

In March of last year, Micron announced a new 2.5" form factor for their P320h application accelerator card. PCIe cards have been the de facto standard for any enterprise looking to drive maximum responsiveness from their storage. The form factor does suffer though from issues that don't bother traditional 2.5" and 3.5" form factors such as hot swapability. It's rarely practical to power down a server and remove it from a rack to service the storage inside. Thus, the 2.5" PCIe form factor enables the speed that the PCIe interface can deliver, with the serviceability that standard drives offer. Of course a new interface means little without server support, and as part of the announcement from Micron, Dell stepped up with server support for the new drives in many of their 12th Gen PowerEdge servers. The Dell servers, like our Dell PowerEdge R720 12G with Express Flash (Dell's branding of 2.5" PCIe), offers up to four 2.5" P320h drives accessible by standard access in the front of the server via a specialized backplane.

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by Kevin OBrien

Seagate 600 Pro Enterprise SSD Review

The Seagate 600 Pro SSD is a 2.5-inch MLC NAND enterprise-class SSD in a 7mm form factor with a capacity up to 480GB that is designed for read-intensive applications. Due to its size, the 600 Pro easily fits almost any platform, maximizing capacity while minimizing its footprint. Seagate's primary focus during the engineering of this drive though was to build a drive to meet the growing demand within the enterprise for SSDs that offer enterprise-class endurance and adequate performance at a reasonable price-point. Organizations that need these types of drives include centers, cloud system builders, cloud service providers or virtualized enterprises. In these applications, the enterprise requires more endurance than they could get with a client SSD; it wants a drive upon which it can depend to be reliable over time, thus keeping data secure.

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