Enterprise SSD Reviews
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

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 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 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

Intel SSD DC P4510 Review

Introduced earlier this year, the DC P4510 Series is Intel’s new data center NVMe SSD. Designed specifically for the Cloud (with the tagline “Cloud Inspired. Storage Optimized.”), the P4510 is Intel’s first enterprise 64-layer 3D NAND SSD. Leveraging this technology, the company was able to drive the capacity of the drive up to 8TB, all the while being able to fit it in a U.2, 15mm form factor.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD DC P4500 Review

The Intel SSD DC P4500 Series is part of the company’s Intel 3D NAND SSD line and is designed to handle software-defined cloud infrastructures across the multi-cloud environment, specifically to reduce server footprint. With its availability in 2.5-inch PCIe, HHHL PCIe, and “ruler” form factors, the P4500 offers a ton of flexibility and will suit the needs of a range of different physical use cases. The Intel drive also features pair-to-CPU core mapping, which supports both high drive count and multiple SSDs scaling on Intel platforms.

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by Adam Armstrong

Memblaze PBlaze5 NVMe SSD Review

Memblaze has released another NVMe SSD series with the PBlaze5. This marks the company’s second generation of NVMe SSD products after the PBlaze4. The new drive comes in two form factors, U.2 and HHHL AIC, and in two series, the 700 and 900 series. The 700 series runs up in capacity to 11TB and is aimed for data center usage. The 900 series has higher endurance and is aimed for enterprise applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

HGST Ultrastar SS200 (Mixed Workloads) Review

With high capacity (up to 7.68TB for the read-intensive version) the HGST Ultrastar SS200 SSDs are aimed at the enterprise looking to expand its flash footprint or go all-flash. Not just sporting a high capacity, the drives are also able to hit up to 1.8GB/s in sequential read and up to 250K IOPS in random read. The drive was released in two flavors, though the name is the same SS200, a mixed workload and a read-intensive version.

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