Enterprise SSD Reviews
by Charles Jefferies

Intel SSD 710 Enterprise Review

The SSD 710 is Intel’s first enterprise-class SSD in quite some time – it’s been three years since they introduced their last one, the X-25E. Packed with more cost effective eMLC instead of SLC NAND, the SSD 710 gives enterprise buyers a mix of endurance and increased capacity at a more aggressive price point than SLC alternatives. To expand on our single 710 drive review, we take a look at the 710 in RAID 1 and RAID 5 configurations as well as steady state variations to find out how it performs in an enterprise environment.

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by Kevin OBrien

LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Review

LSI's line of MegaRAID RAID cards have tremendous market share for good reason, they're looked at by many as the de facto standard thanks to solid hardware and a fantastic software stack. Of course LSI's MegaRAID cards are capable of more than just tying together drives, their CacheCade Pro 2.0 add-on leverages the speed benefit of SSDs as cache pools for a larger capacity hard disk array.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Z-Drive R4 SSD Review

The OCZ Z-Drive R4 was announced in early August as an update to OCZ's line of enterprise PCIe SSDs. The Z-Drive R4 works the same way as prior Z-Drives - there are up to eight SandForce SF-2282 powered SSDs with SLC or MLC NAND on a PCI Express board that are connected via hardware and software to deliver ultra-high performance in server and high-performance computing environments. In terms of performance numbers, this translates to maximum read speeds of 2,800 MB/s and writes of 2,800 MB/s with 4KB random write IOPS of 440,000.

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by Kevin OBrien

Intel SSD 710 Series Review (200GB)

At IDF last week Intel launched their new enterprise line of SSDs, the 710 Series. The SSD 710 is Intel's first enterprise SSD in quite a while, the previous generation X25-E has been in the market for nearly three years. Over that span of time, a lot has changed in the enterprise space and those changes are reflected in the SSD 710. The most noticeable being the move from SLC NAND in the X25-E to 25nm MLC NAND with high endurance technology in the SSD 710 to drive down price and increase capacity. Other more subtle changes have taken place as well, including firmware optimized for endurance and an option for IT managers to modify the amount of over provisioning on the drives.

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by Kevin OBrien

Fusion-io ioDrive Duo Review (640GB)

Fusion-io has built an entire brand around speed - their ioDrive PCIe SSDs have long been touted as some of the fasted storage devices on the market. If your enterprise needs even more performance in a single PCIe slot, then there's the Fusion-io ioDrive Duo, which basically doubles down on performance. We put a 640GB Duo to work to see if lives up to the promises of speed, speed and more speed.

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by Kevin OBrien

Micron RealSSD P300 Review (100GB)

In August of last year, Micron announced the enterprise grade RealSSD P300. The P300 was the first enterprise SSD to market featuring the speedy SATA 6Gb/s interface delivering steady state IOPS up to 44,000 reads and 16,000 writes and throughput speeds of 360MB/s read and 275MB/s write. The P300 is powered by a Marvell 9174-family processor, high-endurance Micron 34nm SLC NAND and proprietary firmware. With lifetime data writes measuring in petabytes, this enterprise SSD is designed for the toughest workloads busnesses can create. 

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by Patrick Roberts

LSI WarpDrive SLP-300 Review

The LSI WarpDrive SLP-300 is an enterprise-class SSD solution that leverages the x8 PCIe expansion slot in a server or desktop. With features like 300GB of SLC flash, six SF-1500 controllers, and a SATA6 533Mhz LSI RAID controller tying it all together,  this card promises extremely high transfer speeds, extremely low latency, and an extremely high high price tag. LSI promises up to 1,400MB/s sustained throughput, .5 microsecond seek time, 240,000 4K read IOPS, and 200,000 4K IOPS for the low, low MSRP of $11,500 ($7700 street), which puts it firmly out of reach of most power users. For its intended audience though, it's a steal.

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by Dustin Sklavos

Viking Modular Enterprise 2.5" SSD Review

Viking Modular makes a variety of SSDs for enterprise users, based on the powerful SF-1500 controller form SandForce. We recently reviewed Viking Modular's unique SATADIMM SSD and found it very appealing, so there's little reason to doubt that we'll enjoy their 2.5" enterprise SSD; essentially the same specs as the SATADIMM, just in a more conventional form factor. 

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by Dustin Sklavos

Viking Modular SATADIMM Review

An aspect of solid state drives that is being explored more recently is the number of form factors into which you can fit them. While mechanical hard disks have a very specific set of dimensions they need to fit into, SSDs have no such problems. The 2.5” SSDs that we get today are really only in that form factor because that's what our machines have largely standardized to, but as Apple's recent MacBook Air refresh has proven, you can fit an SSD pretty much anywhere these days. So it is with Viking Modular's new SATADIMM SSD drive.

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