Enterprise SSD Reviews
by Kevin OBrien

OWC Mercury Enterprise Pro 6G SSD Review

OWC recently announced its latest enterprise SSD offering, the Mercury Enterprise Pro 6G. While related to their Mercury Extreme Pro 6G client SSDs, the Enterprise Pro has plenty of upgrades to make it ready for both entry and mainstream enterprise duties. The Extreme Pro features the SandForce SF-2582 enterprise SSD controller, Toshiba 24nm eMLC Toggle NAND, enterprise grade firmware and the industry's longest warranty of seven years. 

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by Kevin OBrien

Smart Storage Systems XceedStor 500S Enterprise SSD Review

The Smart Storage Systems XceedStor 500S SSD leverages standard MLC NAND and a mainstream SATA 6Gb/s interface to deliver cost effective high performance throughput in entry enterprise duty. Don't let the NAND and focus on price fool you though, the enterprise has shown increasing acceptance for MLC NAND, especially as those like Smart Storage Systems have been able to prove out its endurance and reliability. That makes the XceedStor 500S an ideal candidate then for read heavy environments often seen in scenarios like boot, web/file serving and read-caching.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Z-Drive R4 Enterprise PCIe SSD Review

When we first reviewed the OCZ Z-Drive R4 last year, the PCIe SSD amazed us with it's class leading performance numbers, as well as its ridiculous IOPS/$ performance. It was so fast in fact, that it made us re-develop our testing platform to better accommodate the burgeoning PCIe SSD space, dedicating a testing platform specifically for enterprise storage solutions. In this re-review, we look at the Z-Drive R4 in our enterprise testing environment to better emulate what enterprise users should expect out of the R4.

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by Kevin OBrien

Micron RealSSD P400e Enterprise SSD Review

The Micron RealSSD P400e is designed for the entry-level enterprise SSD space, an increasingly popular segment that is largely read centric, making it the perfect playground for low cost MLC SSDs. The P400e features Micron's home grown 25nm MLC NAND, SATA 6 Gb/s interface and Marvell controller. Micron uses the popular 2.5" form factor, but with a 7mm z-height, giving the P400e more flexibility for use within 1U servers and embedded applications like switches and routers.

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by Kevin OBrien

SMART Storage Systems XceedIOPS2 Enterprise SSD Review

SMART Storage Systems (formerly SMART Modular) offers a robust lineup of enterprise SSD products. The XceedIOPS2 is their SandForce SF-2500-based solution that's geared toward blended enterprise use and backed up with the endurance of Toshiba eMLC NAND. Equipped with a SATA 6Gb/s interface, the XceedIOPS2 delivers up to 520MB/s sequential reads and 500 MB/s writes, with random I/O performance topping 60,000 IOPS. Layered on top is custom firmware, power protection features, and expertise from SMART's engineering team. Other highlights include AES 256-bit encryption, robust 2.5 million hour MTBF, a five year warranty and endurance up to 6PBW for the 400GB SSD.

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by Kevin OBrien

Hitachi Ultrastar SSD400M Enterprise SSD Review

The Ultrastar SSD400M is Hitachi's effort to provide a serious contender in the burgeoning eMLC enterprise SSD space. The SSD400M offers all the pedigree that enterprise buyers could want, including not just Hitachi's longstanding leadership in the storage industry, but Intel's as well. The SSD400M leverages Intel's highest quality 25nm eMLC NAND and SSD processor technology, combined with Hitachi/Intel jointly engineered firmware. The resulting SSD400M carries Hitachi's brand name but is the result of a strong co-development effort.

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by Kevin OBrien

LSI WarpDrive SLP-300 Enterprise PCIe SSD Review

When we first reviewed the LSI WarpDrive in March of last year, we absolutely loved its performance in the then-emerging PCIe SSD storage solution space. Much has changed since the initial review: StorageReview has updated our enterprise testing platform and enterprise SSD testing methodology and EMC has qualified the WarpDrive in their server caching solution, VFCache. LSI continues to improve the platform by purchasing SandForce, the controllers used in the WarpDrive solution, to bring more technology in-house.

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by Kevin OBrien

Intel SSD 520 Enterprise Review

The Intel SSD 520 is targeted at the client user, but with the backing of the Intel brand and the quality of engineering that went into this SSD, it's definitely going to creep into the enterprise as well. As seen in our client Intel SSD 520 review, the SandForce-based SSD drives great performance, while offering co-developed custom firmware and Intel's best NAND. Within the enterprise, the SSD 520 will find its way not just into workstations and other PC duty, but into servers and other environments where speedy storage in largely read-oriented scenarios can really shine.

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by Kevin OBrien

Samsung SSD SM825 Enterprise SSD Review

The Samsung SSD SM825 is an enterprise-grade SSD that's designed specifically for write-intensive data center workloads. Like all Samsung SSDs, the SM825 leverages all of Samsung's in-house expertise including their own eMLC NAND, 3-core controller and specialized firmware that helps to deliver 7,000 TBW, 100 times what's often seen in standard MLC NAND, while being more cost effective and delivering near-parity performance with SLC NAND. The net result is 4K random write steady state speeds we measured in excess of 9,800 IOPS and sequential 2MB write speeds topping 200MB/s.

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by Kevin OBrien

Toshiba MKx001GRZB Enterprise SSD Review

The Toshiba MKx001GRZB enterprise SSD was announced a year ago and went into full production in early-2011 and is Toshiba's flagship enterprise SSD; all of this seemingly done at a snail's pace when compared to the rapid churn of client-based SSDs. But in the enterprise, SSD storage buying decisions take time and aren't at all about the burst, or top line speed numbers - it's all about how the drive performs cranking away 24/7 for the many years it's expected to live in steady state. While the enterprise scales up SSD adoption, there's quite a battle in the trenches amongst manufacturers who are trying to solve a variety of problems, not the least of which is around SSD form factor and NAND configuration. For its part, Toshiba is leveraging a 6Gb/s SAS interface and 2.5" form factor for the MKx001GRZB, along with 32nm enterprise-grade SLC NAND to meet the needs of their clients.

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