by Lyle Smith

Seagate Nytro 3530 SSD Review

Announced roughly a year ago, the Seagate Nytro 3000 line of enterprise SAS SSDs is making its way through the market. These drives are part of an endurance-driven family of SSDs designed specifically for demanding enterprise applications and to improve TCO. The use cases include server virtualization, databases, software-defined storage, and all-flash arrays. In this review, we will be looking at the Nytro 3530, the light-endurance line aimed at OLTP and other more mainstream workloads.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung PM1635a SSD Review

The Samsung PM1635a is an enterprise SSD designed to handle mixed read-write intensive workloads. Categorized as a "mainstream" enterprise drive, the PM1635a features a 12 Gb/s SAS interface and a capacity range up to 3.2TB. The Samsung drive is also built to handle 3 drive writes per day (in comparison, the PM1725a offers 5 DWPD).

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Releases The SSD DC P4610

Over the last few weeks, Intel quietly released a new data center (DC) SSD, the P4610. This new drive is also aimed at cloud storage and comes in capacities up to 7.68TB in a U.2 form factor. The SSD leverages the company’s 64-Layer TLC NAND with the promise of performance, QoS, and capacity improvements.

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by Michael Rink

Intel Reaches 1.5TB On New Optane SSD

Intel has been steadily working to increase the storage capacity of their Optane (3D XPoint) line of SSDs. Like the rest of their Optane line, the new drives are blisteringly fast with read/write latencies under eleven microseconds. Most recently, they released 905p models in both Half Height Half Length (HHHL) Add-in-Card format and 2.5 x 15mm, Small Form Factor U.2. Both form factors have versions boasting capacities of 960GB and 1.5TB. Large enough to be seriously tempting for enthusiast home consumers and enterprises.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Unveils Data Center SSD Lineup

Today Samsung Electronics America, Inc. unveiled its new lineup of solid-state drives (SSDs) aimed directly for data center use, the 860 DCT, 883 DCT, 983 DCT, and 983 ZET. The new drives aim to address the needs of SMBs that need higher performance and capacity in the Big Data Era. The drives are also designed to take on the challenges of Super Computing, AI, and IoT.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 860DCT SSD Review

Samsung’s new data center drive, the 860DCT, is a SATA, 2.5” SSD. The drive is designed for read-intensive, data-streaming data centers. Part of being designed for read-intensive, data-streaming uses is having the drive engineered for the endurance needed. The company states that leveraging its V-NAND technology, reinforced controller and high TBW, make the 860DCT the right drive for the above use cases. 

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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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