by Brian Beeler

Huawei ES3000 V5 SSD Review

Huawei launched the ES3000 V3 NVMe enterprise SSD in 2016, their first NVMe drive for the enterprise. Overall, the drive was a good first effort as NVMe was just finding its way into the most demanding applications in the data center. This summer, Huawei has built on the foundation of the V3 family with the ES3000 V5 portfolio. The product announcement came at Interop, where Huawei revealed several details of the upcoming drive, which will be generally available in Q4 this year. Compared to the V3, the V5 drives bring increased capacity, performance, and reliability to the table. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Expands Its Nytro SSD Family

This week at FMS 2018 in Santa Clara, Seagate Technologies announced that it was expanding its Nytro portfolio adding more SSD flash drives. Though the company has some SSDs for end users, it announced more enterprise SSDs including the Nytro 1000 SATA and Nytro 5020 NVMe. These new enterprise drives are aimed at data centers looking to upgrade their current storage.

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by Brian Beeler

Samsung PM1725a SSD Review

The Samsung PM1725a is a relatively minor update to the PM1725 NVMe SSD that was launched in the summer of 2015. Targeted at server and array vendors, the PM1725a slots in as a high-performance option that's also available in relatively high capacities for NVMe SSDs with the range topping out at 6.4TB. The PM1725a features Samsung's 48-layer TLC V-NAND and Samsung's own controller to deliver an endurance rating of 5 drive writes per day over its five-year warrantied life. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Releases D3-S4510 & D3-S4610 Series SSDs

Today Intel Inc. announced the release of two new SSD drive series, the D3-S4510 and D3-S4610. Both new series are 64-Layer TLC, SATA drives. These drives are aimed at saving costs while replacing HDDs in the data center. 

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by Brian Beeler

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Review

Intel's Optane SSD DC P4800X series was launched back in March of 2017 with the promise of bringing a new storage class memory (SCM) media called 3D XPoint (Intel branded as Optane) to market. The P4800X launched as both a traditional 2.5" NVMe drive (U.2) as well as a PCIe add-in card. Initial capacities started out at 375GB with plans to get to 1.5TB by the end of 2017. That capacity goal didn't come to fruition, but Intel did launch 750GB Optane models in November. Regardless of capacity, the P4800X has one job and that is to deliver the highest-speed storage possible to latency-sensitive applications in the data center.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Introduces Dual-Port Ultrastar DC SS530 SAS SSD

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced what it is calling the fastest dual-port SAS SSD in the market, the new Ultrastar DC SS530. The new SAS drive expands capacity up to 15.36TB while retaining the 2.5-inch, 15mm form factor. The increase in performance and capacity will give customers better TCO in their data centers with the potential to consolidate servers and open up rack space. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Announces Mass Production of 5th-Gen V-NAND

Samsung has begun mass producing its fifth-generation of 90-layer 256Gb 3D TLC NAND V-NAND memory as the industry's first company to use the Toggle DDR 4.0 interface. The company went on to say that, due to this new interface, the data transmitting speed between storage and memory via their new V-NAND hit a whopping 1.4Gbps, which is a 40% improvement over Samsung's 64-layer predecessor. Additionally, because of improvements to V-NAND's atomic layer deposition process, Samsung was able to increase manufacturing productivity by roughly 30% and reduce the height of each cell layer by 20%.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA Launches The SR2000 Enterprise-Class SSD Series

ADATA has propelled itself into the enterprise market with the launch of its new SR2000 SSD series. Featuring two models, the SR2000SP U.2 PCIe and SR2000CP PCIe HHHL AIC, these new enterprise-class drives leverage 3D eTLC NAND Flash technology for a potential transfer rates boost, higher capacities and more endurance. Because ADATA’s new drive seems to use the same controller and NAND as certain Memblaze drives, it looks like another rebrand. Nonetheless, the SR2000 series feature a wide range of capacities from 2TB to 11TB, making them ideal for use cases such as enterprise servers, hyperscale computing, data centers and big data analytics.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Introduces 8TB SSD In NF1 Form Factor

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. launched the highest capacity Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF), an 8TB NF1 SSD. Designed for the data center, the new 8TB NF1 SSD is optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications. The company goes on to state that customers can put up to 72 NF1 drives in a 2U space and with 8TB can hit density of 576TB. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Delivers Value SAS SSDs

Today Toshiba Memory America Inc. announced a new category of SAS SSDs that they expect to replace SATA SSDs in server applications. The new drive series, The RM5, is a 12Gbit/s value SAS (vSAS). These new drives offer higher capacity, performance, reliability, manageability, and security all the while giving SATA a run for its money on the price front.

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