Samsung has started mass producing 100GB and 200GB enterprise-class solid state drives that use 40nm SLC NAND flash chips. Performance wise, these new SSDs can reach nearly 50,000 IOPS and boast 260MB/sec transfer rates.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, has announced that it is mass producing 100GB and 200GB solid state drives (SSDs) for use as primary storage in enterprise storage systems.
Dong-Soo Jun, executive vice president of memory marketing at Samsung Electronics, hopes that by being able to meet rising demand for high-performance and eco-friendly server and storage platforms, SSDs will be able to penetrate the enterprise application market even more rapidly. Adopting SSDs as a main storage media in storage systems will minimize power consumption as well as enhance overall system performance, leading to a lowering of the total cost of ownership over time.
The first recipient of the drive will be EMC, as the company collaborated with Samsung to qualify Samsung’s new enterprise-class SSDs for EMC’s market-leading midrange storage portfolio.
By using 40-nanometer-class single-level-cell (SLC) NAND flash chips and a controller that fully utilizes the 3Gb/s SATA interface, the Samsung SSDs process random read and write commands at 47,000 and 29,000 IOPS respectively. Compared to a 15,000rpm mechanical hard disk drive which has an IOPS rate of 350, that is a 130x and 80x gain respectively in random IOPS read and write performance.
In addition, the new Samsung 200GB SSDs has sequential read and write speeds of 260MB/s and 245MB/s respectively.
Low power consumption is another key attraction for system operators adopting enterprise storage systems with SSD. The faster operating speeds of the new 200GB enterprise SSD will further lower the power consumption of enterprise storage systems with SSDs. A 72TB enterprise storage system using conventional SSDs consumes approximately 6.9kW, a 30-percent saving over an equivalent system with HDD storage which consumes 10kW.
Also, the new Samsung SSDs have an ‘end-to-end data protection’ function and advanced data encryption algorithm, to address growing reliability and security concerns in enterprise storage.
With its new SSDs, Samsung now has the industry’s widest range of densities of enterprise SSD products for server and storage applications including 2.5-inch 50, 60, 100 and 120GB SSDs and 3.5-inch 100 and 200GB SSDs.
According to Gartner, worldwide SSD units and revenues for enterprise application will grow from 324,000 units and US$485 million in 2009 to 6.3 million units and US$3.6 billion in 2014.