by Lyle Smith

Kingston DC1000B M.2 NVMe SSD Now Available

Kingston Digital has announced the availability of the DC1000B M.2 NVMe 3D TLC NAND SSD, a drive designed for servers with one or two boot-dedicated M.2 NVMe slots as well as for caching and logging use cases. The new DC1000B includes onboard power-loss protection while featuring 0.5D DWPD endurance to help promote an extended service life. Kingston says their new drive will deliver enterprise-level performance consistency and low-latency features.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD Review

Looking for a solid-state drive for your NAS system? The WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD is purpose-built for NAS with Western Digital 3D NAND. Offering endurance needed for 24/7 environments, reduced latency improving responsiveness for demanding applications, 2.5” and M.2 form factors, and capacities from 500GB up to 4TB. This drive is ideal for home and medium to large NAS environments with best use cases including OLTP databases, multi-user environments, photo rendering, 4K and 8K video editing, and virtualization. 

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by Alex Schuchter

SK hynix PE6011 Enterprise SSD Review

We last discussed SK hynix back in August as we looked into the history of the company and overviewed their Enterprise SSD solutions. Today we are reviewing and looking at the performance of the SK hynix Enterprise SSD the PE6011. The PE6011 features a U.2 7mm form factor, 3D TLC NAND, PCIe NVMe interface, and capacities up to 7.68 TB. It is ideal for read-intensive workloads and light write usage. What's unique about this product is that from conceptualization to manufacturing everything is done in-house by SK hynix. This product is aimed at those looking for an economical PCIe solution for the datacenter environment. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston DC450R SSD Review (3.84TB)

Released a couple of months ago, the Kingston DC450R is an enterprise SATA SSD created for the data center. The R at the end of the name is indicative of the focus of the drive, in this case, read-centric. Specifically, the DC450R is designed with strict QoS requirements, to ensure performance consistency over a wide range of read intensive and read caching workloads. The Kingston DC450R SSD is ideal for Content Delivery Networks (CDN), edge computing applications, as well as various SDS architectures. 

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by Lyle Smith

HPE Announces Critical Firmware Update for Specific SAS SSDs to Prevent Drive Failure

HPE has announced a critical update to its HPD8 firmware, which fixes a bug that results in data loss after 32,768 hours (3 years, 270 days 8 hours) of operation. Those who do not follow through with the update will require complete restoration of their drive(s) after the failure occurs, as both the SSD and data cannot be recovered. HP notes that SSDs put into service during the same time are also expected to fail simultaneously.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Announces Ultrastar DC SS540 SAS SSD

Today at Microsoft Ignite, Western Digital was showcasing various technologies they have released over the last few months. Along with already announced technology the company also rolled out a new SAS SSD in the Ultrastar DC SS540. This new SSD, as the name implies, is aimed at the data center where, according to Western Digital, SAS is still alive and well. 

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by Lyle Smith

Western Digital Announces New WD Red NAS Drives

Western Digital has announced several new storage products designed for small businesses and home offices that use NAS solutions. Among the launched drives is the company’s first-ever WD Red SSD and a 14TB addition to the WD Red and WD Red Pro HDD lines.

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by Alex Schuchter

Micron X100 NVMe SSD (3D XPoint) Unveiled

Micron released their fastest SSD to date today, the Micron X100. The X100 NVMe SSD is Micron’s first product in an all new family of high-performance memory solutions. This new solution features 3D XPoint technology which is innovative NVMe technology that adds a high-performance tier between DRAM and NAND. This breakthrough technology delivers up to 1,000x lower latency and 16x DRAM capacity with superior endurance over NAND. Benefits of the the X100 include high bandwidth, low latency, high quality of service (QoS), and high endurance. Ideal performance of the X100 can be seen in the use case of big data applications and transactional workloads. 

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by Alex Schuchter

Micron Announces SSD Portfolio Expansion

Today at Micron’s Insight event in San Francisco, Micron has announced two new additions to their portfolio of SSDs; the 7300 Series of NVMe SSDs and the 5300 Series of SATA SSDs. These SSDs have been purpose-built to offer value and performance for the data center environment. The Micron 7300 Series of NVMe SSDs offers a complete NVMe platform ideal for NVMe flash storage in data centers across a wide spectrum of virtualized, I/O-sensitive workloads, and high throughput environments. Additionally, by utilizing 96-layer 3D TLC NAND it delivers low power and reduced total cost of ownership for cloud customers. The Micron 5300 series of SATA SSDs leverages innovations in NAND technology to bring cost-effect enterprise SATA SSDs built on 96-layer TLC NAND to the market. This series modernizes and further extends Micron’s broad SATA portfolio offering enhanced performance, security, and reliability as well as an above-average mean time to failure of 3 million device hours.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston Releases DC450R SSD

Kingston Digital, Inc. announced the release of its newest high performance 6Gbps SATA SSD with 3D TLC NAND in the Data Center 450R (DC450R) Enterprise SSD. The new drive is designed for read-centric application workloads. For read intensive and read caching workloads, The DC450R is stated to deliver performance consistency through the use of Kingston’s strict QoS requirements.

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