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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by Guest Author

What is EDSFF Form Factor?

Existing enterprise SSDs form factors are not a good fit in modern data centers. Servers and storage appliances, generally use several types of SSD for booting, performance, or capacity, and that usually requires using more than one SSD form factor (M.2, U.2, or PCIe card). Aiming to overcome the limitations of existing interfaces in the data center, a new storage form factor was created, the Enterprise & Data Center SSD Form Factor (EDSFF).

The EDSFF states the following challenges in today's data center.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Memory & Storage Day Comes With Several Announcements

Today in Seoul, South Korea, Intel held its Memory & Storage day, inviting StorageReview on site. The main focus of the show was for the company to showcase some of the milestones that its Optane technology has been able to hit since it was released. Though, there were a handful of new announcements along the way both for Optane as well as other storage technology including 144-Layer 3D NAND.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Acquires LITE-ON's SSD Business

Toshiba has announced today that it will be purchasing LITE-ON Technology’s solid-state drive business. In a signed definitive agreement, the purchase is estimated at 165 million USD and is expected to close by the first half of 2020. The announcement of the deal indicates that it will be subject to customary closing adjustments and regulatory approval.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces Enterprise- & Data Center-Class PCIe Gen 4.0 SSDs

At the Flash Memory Summit Toshiba made several announcements including a new Storage Class Memory in XL-FLASH, and a new form factor with XFMEXPRESS. Another announcement that went under my radar was the introduction of two new PCIe 4.0 SSDs. The company announced and demoed the CM6 Series SSDs for enterprise and announced the CD6 Series SSDs for the data center.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Announces SSD & RAM Support For AMD EPYC 7002

Today Samsung Electronics, Ltd., announced that its Samsung PM1733 PCIe Gen4 Solid State Drive (SSD) and high density RDIMM and LRDIMM DRAM for the AMD EPYC 7002 Generation Processors. Since AMD launched its second generation EPYC Processor (codenamed Rome and also known as EPYC 7002), several vendors have announced support for the promising new technology. 

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