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Toshiba's 64-layer XG5 SSD rocks 2GB/sec write speeds

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: May 30, 2017 1:30 pm

Computex 2017 - Toshiba today revealed its new premium high-end XG5 solid state drive that leverages its innovative BiCS 3D flash memory for improved reliability, speeds, and capacities.




Toshiba breaks through new barriers and ushers in a new age of storage proficiency with its new XG5 NVMe SSD, the company's first SSD that uses its third-generation 64-layer BiCS 3D flash memory with 512Gb dies built with the 15nm process. Armed with 64-layer BiCS flash, the Toshiba XG5 NVMe solid state drive can hit blazing fast sequential read write speeds of 3,000 MB/sec (3GB/sec) reads and 2,100 MB/sec (2.1GB/sec) writes.


The XG5 SSD is a single-sided M.2 form factor drive that comes in capacities up to 1TB thanks to its vertically-stacked flash memory, and sports increased reliability with a Mean Time to Failure rating of 1.5 million hours. Toshiba's new high-performance SSDs will be available in the XG5 Series line, which includes drives in three capacities on matching M.2280 form factors: 256GB, 512GB, and 1024GB.

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Western Digital reveals two 64-layer 3D NAND SSDs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: May 30, 2017 4:30 am

Computex 2017 - Western Digital announces two new high-end solid state drives aimed at enthusiasts and gamers.




Western Digital has revealed the world's first consumer 64-layer 3D NAND SSDs: the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD, which targets DIY enthusiasts, resellers and system builders, and the SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD, which targets high-end gamers. Both premium-grade SSDs rock blazing fast speeds of up to 560 MB/sec reads and 530 MB/sec write speeds, and feature higher efficiency, reliability, and capacities thanks to the company's new 64-layer 3D NAND technology.


The WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSDs come in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities and leverage two form factors: 2.5-inch cased drives as well as single-sided M.2 2280. The SanDisk Ultra 3D comes in similar capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB but are exclusively available in 2.5-inch cased drives.

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Toshiba demos NVMe SSD with 64-layer BiCS 3D flash

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: May 9, 2017 7:29 pm

For the first time ever, Toshiba is publicly demonstrating its new 64-layer BiCS memory at the Dell EMC World conference in Las Vegas.




To demo its third-generation 64-layer BiCS 3D TLC NAND flash technology, Toshiba outfitted a laptop with a prototype XG NVMe SSD with 1TB of BiCS memory to highlight the advantages its new memory brings to the enterprise and consumer storage markets. As Toshiba notes, the new third-gen BiCS flash memory leverages a 64-layer stacking process that offers 65% greater per-millimeter bit density than its 48-layer 256GB storage, offering maximum capacity combined with high-speeds and reliability.


Toshiba also announces that it plans to migrate all client, data center and enterprise SSDs to tap its next-gen 64-layer BiCS 3D NAND TLC memory to ensure optimum performance, capacity, and endurance. No official timeline was given for this migration, but one thing is clear: Toshiba is betting big on its BiCS flash.

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GIGABYTE teases AORUS M.2 Thermal Guard heatspreader

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 9, 2017 2:35 am

We can expect GIGABYTE to unveil a new AORUS-branded M.2 Thermal Guard, a new M.2 heatspreader for your M.2 SSD - and hopefully, on your GIGABYTE/AORUS motherboard.




MSI recently released their own M.2 Shield, a M.2 SSD heatspreader that wasn't as well received as they probably thought - as most people didn't report that it made their M.2 operate any cooler. Hopefully GIGABYTE does things differently with their upcoming AORUS M.2 Thermal Guard, and I'm sure we'll see a new high-end motherboard unveiled at Computex - most likely on Intel's next-gen X299 chipset, something they're expected to unveil on May 30.

Micron's new SolidScale tech unlocks NVMe performance

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: May 4, 2017 1:18 am

Micron's new revolutionary SolidScale tech was unveiled and showcased at the 2017 Micron Summit in New York City's Freedom Tower, and TweakTown's own storage editor Jon Coulter attended the storage giant's big showcase.




Micron has revealed its new SolidScale architecture, a revolutionary platform that unlocks the full potential of NVMe SSDs.


The magic of SolidScale is that it takes the benefits of localized NVMe pools (high-speeds, large capacities) and spreads them out across an entire datacenter system. The SolidScale platform uses Micron SSDs outfitted with special high-bandwidth fabric interfaces to unlock full IOPs and speeds of the drive, and then share that performance across the entire system. SolidScale has lots of applications, but the main point takeaway is this: Micron has merged the benefits of NVMe and PCIe SSDs together with hardware and software to give datacenters a wealth of flexibility and power to help run their servers, cloud-driven analytics, and other intensive workloads.


"Do the same work with fewer servers, or do more work with your existing servers with a platform that pools the available storage together. This allows you to scale at high efficiency without sacrificing performance or driving up costs," Micron explains.




So why did Micron develop SolidScale?


Micron developed SolidScale as the first step towards empowering datacenters with sufficient resources needed for the data needs of the next generation. And the new architecture also furthers the new NVMe-over-Fabrics standard for enterprise adoption.


The tech fits a very real need in today's server market. Companies are constantly looking for low-cost solutions to their problems, especially when these solutions merge low-costs, power and speed without sacrifice. With SolidScale, companies can use their existing NVMe infrastructures and reap tangible benefits by "unlocking" the drive performance: high storage capacity, speed, and the raw IOPs power needed to drive certain workloads and applications.


And as data growth is on the rise and shows no signs of stopping, it's critical solutions like SolidState are implemented now in preparation for tomorrow's huge data creation.




Just how fast is data growing?


According to IDC, data growth will continue at a substantial rate by hitting an astronomical 163 zettabytes (163 trillion GB) by 2025. SolidScale is Micron's effort to ensure companies are ready for the massive influx of data.




IDC surveyed 800 businesses across nine countries to gauge data growth, and found that data is increasing at an average rate of 24% per year. As companies do more work such as real-time analytics, they create considerably more data--and this trend will continue on a yearly basis. Smaller companies tend to create less data, but bigger companies with 10,000 or more employees see 25% data growth.


This strong momentum of data growth poses some very real challenges for datacenters across the globe.




If the data growth continues as it has (and IDC notes that it will), 45% of surveyed companies are concerned they won't be able to meet performance needs. So Micron made SolidScale in an effort to arm IT experts, datacenters and key storage experts with the kind of high-end NVMe performance that's required for increased data flows and workloads.

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Intel reveals DC P4500, DC P4600 3D NAND SSDs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: May 2, 2017 4:00 pm

Today Intel is announcing two new SSDs for the Datacenter. Both are based on Intel's 384Gbit 3D TLC flash technology. Normally TLC Flash of any flavor indicates lower performance and low endurance, but not this time. Intel has architected a brand new 12-channel controller and new firmware to power the DC P4500 and DC P4600. The result? The DC P4500 and DC P4600 are the highest performing Intel NAND-flash SSDs to date.




The DC P4500 is designed for high performance, massively scalable mainstream storage. The DC P4500 is available in capacities of 1, 2, and 4TB and two form factors; U.2 2.5"x 15mm and HHHL AIC. The DC P4500 is rated for 0.7 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) and is warranted for 5-years.


The DC P4600 sports the exact same physical hardware as the DC P4500. The difference between the DC P4600 and DC P4500 is the amount of overprovisioned space. With a healthy dose of OP, the DC P4600 is designed for caching and fast mixed workload storage performance. The DC P4600 in U.2 2.5"x 15mm form factor is available in capacities of 1.6, 2, and 3.2TB. The DC P4600 in HHHL AIC form factor is available in capacities of 2 and 4TB. The DC P4600 is rated for 2.9 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) and is warranted for 5-years.

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Toshiba expands its NetApp SolidFire lineup of SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 2, 2017 1:00 pm

Toshiba has announced its latest HK4 Series SATA SSDs are now shipping on NetApp SolidFire SF4805, SF9605, and SF19210 all-flash arrays. All of the new drives arrive in the 2.5-inch form factor, with 2.6W of active operation power consumption.




The HK4 enterprise-ready SSDs are made for the datacenter, with low power consumption, latency, and high performance. The drives are made with Toshiba's fresh 15nm MLC NAND flash and their in-house controller, with enterprise class end-to-end data protection, and power loss protection.


Toshiba's new drives arrive in two different series: HK4R, and HK4E. Starting with Toshiba's new HK4R series, we have 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, and 1920GB - while the HK4E series has 200GB, 400GB, 800GB, and 1600GB. Toshiba backs enterprise clients up with 5-year warranty and 2 million hour MPOH, and easy to deploy purchase for the datacenter with the use of the 2.5-inch form factor.


Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. Vice President SSD Marketing and Product Planning, Jeremy Werner, said: "Toshiba established its US-based Storage Research and Design Center to bring innovation closer to its customers like NetApp. We are committed to continually offering NetApp a comprehensive portfolio that helps meet the evolving needs of their environment and customers".

LaCie's new Thunderbolt 3 storage comes in up to 20TB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 20, 2017 4:49 am

LaCie has unveiled it's latest for the portable storage world, with the storage giant unveiling its new 2big Dock, a new external storage product aimed at professionals who need to storage lots of data, with fast speeds for backups and off-system storage.



LaCie's big selling point on the 2big Dock is that it can storage up to 20TB worth of HDDs, which the company says is enough space for 650 hours of 4K 30FPS video, or over 200,000 RAW images. The new LaCie 2big Dock features dual Thunderbolt 3 connectivity through USB-C, while there are some storage ports on the front for USB, a SD card reader and even a Compact Flash Card reader slot.


On the back, we have dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, a single USB 3.1 port, and a freakin' DisplayPort connector that lets you plug in a 4K-capable display.

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ADATA's new microSDXC hit 275MB/s read, 155MB/s write

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 11, 2017 8:17 pm

ADATA today revealed its new Premier ONEseries of high-performance microSDXC and SDXC cards, featuring blistering fast speeds optimized specifically for 4K and 8K file transfers. ADATA confidently asserts the Premier ONEseries delivers the "fastest microSDXC/SDXC data speeds available."




The Premiere ONEseries has two amazingly potent form factors in its lineup: an SDXC card for enthusiast-grade cameras and devices, and microSDXC/SDHC cards for ultra-performance mobile devices. Premier ONE SDXC cards feature UHS-II U3 Class 10 ratings and come in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities, leveraging high-end 3D MLC flash memory to reach insane speeds of 290MB/sec reads and 260MB/sec writes.


The higher-end UHS-II U3 microSDXC series features Class 10 spec to enable incredible 275MB/second reads and 155MB/second writes, and come in capacities up to 256GB. The Premier ONEseries UHS-I SDHC Class 10 cards are specifically optimized for Full HD 1080p content, and can deliver 85MB/second reads and 25MB/second writes, coming in a variety of capacities including 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.

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Toshiba unveils its largest produced HDD at 8TB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 6, 2017 7:27 am

Toshiba has just announced that it has created the largest HDD it has ever made, with its new 8TB drive in the MG Series with model ML05ACA800.




The new 8TB drive is for business critical servers and shared storage systems, with a pretty decent 33% increase over its previous-gen drives. The new 8TB model is on the 6Gbps SATA interface, and on the larger 3.5-inch HDD form factor. Toshiba is on a roll, with IDC recently calling Toshiba the fastest growing HDD vendor in 2016, and now Toshiba is moving its 8TB drive into the enterprise and data center markets.