Intel is on a roll after having introduced us, finally, to Broadwell-EP on the server-side, they're also introducing a number of new SSD products intended for use in data centers or in professional capacities. Two of these new SSDs are even packing Intel's own 3D NAND technology, available for the first time in any of their products.
The DC D3700 and D3600 are being introduced to provide solutions for hot storage of data in the cloud, designed to run 24/7 for extended periods of time. They come bundled with MLC with HET (high endurance technology) and an NVMe 1.2 compliant controller that's capable of read speeds up to 2100MB/s and write speeds of up to 1500MB/s on the top-end D3600 device with a capacity of 2TB, and D3700 drive that has a capacity of 1.6TB. Sustain random read IOPS can be as high as 470K with write IOPS up to 95K on the D3700 and 30K on the D3500.
These SSDs will be offered in sizes of 800GB to 2TB with dual port 2.5" drives with U.2 connectors that support PCIe functionality. This means that unfortunately they aren't going to be backwards compatible with existing SAS or SATA connectors. If you want the highest endurance flash storage with these speeds, it'll be time to upgrade. The DC D3600 and D3700 drives also feature end-to-end data protection and power-loss data protection with self-test and thermal throttling and monitoring to make sure that they're as reliable as possible, or at the very least give you an indication when they're about to go.
3D NAND is exciting on many different levels, it gives greater endurance than is already seen in SLC or even MLC with HET, to the tune of several GB's of program/erase cycles, which translates into tremendous endurance over traditional methods. Intel is taking advantage of that fact by positioning the DC P3320 and P3520 as being perfect for any data center. They feature 32 layer MLC-based 3D NAND that's denser than the competition, able to potentially offer more storage in the future. The Intel/Micron cells put most of the CMOS logic underneath the NAND itself, leading to that smaller footprint.
Seagate will soon be the first to launch an external hard drive that requires nothing but a USB connection for power. The "Innov8" features 8TB capacity (equivalent to over 2 million songs, 4 million photos, and 800 HD movies) with 200GB OneDrive cloud storage on top; it supports both USB-C and USB 3.1, and includes Seagate Dashboard software which features one-click and scheduled backups. Finally, the Innov8 is comaptible with Lyve for easy photo consolidation.
The drive is beefy in appearance, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your tastes. Either way, it's awfully sleek. It launches in April through Seagate.com, Amazon, and elsewhere and goes for $349 MSRP.
Western Digital gets in on the Pi Day fun by announcing its new PiDrive 314GB, a new 314GB HDD made specifically for the... you guessed it, Raspberry Pi.
WD's new PiDirve 314GB costs just $45.81 - but it's currently available for $31.42 - celebrating Pi. The 7mm-high drive is based on the WD Blue range of HDDs, which are found in many budget and mid-range laptops and PCs. The difference here is that the interface has been modified from SATA to USB so that it can connect and work with the Raspberry Pi.
WD adds that it customized the PiDrive 314GB so that it would "reduce the electrical power load of the hard drive on Raspberry Pi while still maintaining sufficient performance to deliver maximum USB data transfer rate".
With many companies vying for the number one position in the emerging enterprise SSD market, Lite-On has announced its addition recently, showcasing its EP2 U.2 Series SSD.
Utilizing a U.2 interface, this model is able to be converted to both SATA-Express and M.2, as explained by techPowerUp recently. With speed being key, this new product features sequential transfer rates capped at 2200 MB/s read and 1300 MB/s write.
Further features include a 290,000 IOPS 4K random read rating, a capacity of up to a massive 1920GB and being quoted as "designed for read-intensive database servers."
The memory masters at Seagate have just smashed through the world SSD speed record with a new blazing-fast solid state drive.
During a demonstration, Seagate's new ultra-fast SSD hit an unbelievable transfer rate of 10GB/sec, which is 4GB/s faster than the former world's-fastest SSD. The company's new 10GB/s SSD is built for high-end enterprise use, and utilizes the NVMe protocol and rides 16 PCIe lanes for maximum throughput. The drive also meets the storage specifications outlined by Facebook's Open Compute Project.
"Your data is only as good as how easily you can access it and put it to use," Seagate's SSD executive Brett Pemble said. "Seagate is committed to providing the full spectrum of technologies to help meet the diverse needs of organizations so they can unlock this value. Whether for consumer cloud or business applications, this SSD will help improve on demands for fast access to information, where split seconds drive incremental value gains."
The new external drives from G-Technology are quite the lookers, with an attractive, classy aluminium exterior that seems to exude quality. They come with a USB Type-C connection and up to 1TB of 7200RPM traditional HDD's inside that should allow for a transfer speed of up to 136mb/s
It'll come in three different colors to compliment the new USB 3.1 Type-C only MacBook from Apple, though the good-looks are understated enough to go with just about any device. They're touting this as the ultimate in mobile storage, fast, good-looking and reliable.
Samsung has today announced its addition to the SSD market, the PM1633, being no less than a gigantic 15.36TB SSD designed for the enterprise storage market. Marked as the world's largest in its class, Samsung has packed some serious performance within.
Based on a 12Gb/s SAS interface and measuring in as a 2.5-inch form factor drive, this new product will further be released in 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 480GB editions. Boasting "random read and write speeds of up to 200,000 and 32,000 IOPS respectively," the recently issues press release also makes note of read and write speeds being boosted up to 1,200MB/s in this model.
This product release is said to be part of Samsung's plight to become more competitive in the SAS SSD market, helping completely overturn the use of hard disks in some server operations.
Western Digital has just announced that it has expanded its internal and external storage solutions, now offering huge 16TB external storage solutions for professionals on-the-go, or those who need serious amounts of backup at home or work.
WD will be launching a slew of new HDDs throughout the first half of 2016, which will include their My Cloud personal storage devices, My Book external HDDs, as well as the internal WD Red, WD Red Pro and WD Purple HDDs. All of these drives will offer "purpose-driven engineering and HelioSeal helium-technology with the new 8TB drives for maximum and efficient performance in the applications for which each model is designed". VP of Product Marketing for WD, Brendan Collins, explains: "We are committed to integrating high-performance, high-capacity and high-quality drives into all of our solutions. No matter what market or application, we have a solution - whether it's for small businesses, channel partners, enterprises or end-users. Our goal is to deliver the best and most competitive solutions on the market".
Sporting a read and write performance of 560MB/s and 460MB/s respectively on a SATA III 6Gb/s interface, Transcend has recently announced its new MTS800 M.2 SSDs in a press release.
Available in sizes ranging from 32GB right up to 1TB, this new MTS800 product range follows the Transcend MTS400 and MT600 products that are both capped at only 512GB. Included within the MTS800 are features like Intel's Smart Response Technology, Error Correction Code and device sleep mode.
Packed with a three-year limited warranty, Transcend has not yet announced a release time or pricing.
The HK4 series from Toshiba has been solely aimed at improving storage in the enterprise market, offering a new read-intensive HK4R Series of SSDs that pack up to 1.92TB in capacity and the HK4E value drives that will be released up to 1.6TB.
With the option to be packed with Trusted Computing Group enterprise encryption and Toshiba's Quadruple Swing-By Code error-correction technology, these drives are built to last in a data-intensive environment. As solid state drives reach more popularity as storage for server solutions, Toshiba America's vice president of SSD, Jeremy Werner, says that these new models are "designed to meet the needs of our customers who are looking for a SATA SSD with low operating power, excellent quality of service, high capacity and with encryption."
While the features and storage capacities sound great, there has unfortunately been no mention of release pricing just yet. With the release date set for April 2016, we will have to wait and see how badly these will hurt the wallet.