KIOXIA teases EDSFF SSD, the future of SSD storage for servers

KIOXIA demonstrates the next-gen E3 form factor for enterprise and datacenter SSD storage.

Published Tue, Jun 30 2020 8:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:43 AM CST

KIOXIA has just demonstrated the new EDSFF SSD form factor, a new next-gen SSD form factor for enterprise and datacenter SSD storage.

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Enterprise and Datacenter SSD Form Factor, or EDSFF (and also known as E3 -- not to be confused with the gaming-focused E3 event) is designed to maximize system density, efficiency, and simplicity. KIOXIA itself is a member of the SNIA SFF-TA-1008 technical work group which is working on the new storage form factors.

EDSFF E3.Short (E3.S) and E3.Long (E3.L) solutions are the future of SSD storage for not just servers, but All Flash Arrays (AFAs) in cloud and enterprise datacenters.

What makes things easier is that the new EDSFF uses the same form factor for PCIe -- so PCIe-based devices like NVMe SSDs, GPUs, and NICs (network interface cards) makes it the next step in enterprise and datacenter upgrades.

Better yet, the EDSFF E3.x drives demolish the previous 2.5-inch form factor, offering a huge 40W of power and better signal integrity that drives huge performance that PCIe 5.0 (and beyond) can provide. This provides a huge future proofing on the standard, making it another easy choice for enterprise and datacenter customers.

KIOXIA's EDSFF full-function development vehicle is based on the E3.S thin (7.5mm) form factor, which in KIOXIA's words: "offers increased flash storage density per drive for optimized power efficiency and rack consolidation".

The company continues: "The drive features the same core components as the recently announced CM6 Series PCIe 4.0 NVMe 1.4 SSD and is configured with x8 lanes and up to 28W of power. Additional E3 size and width options will also be supported, including E3.S thick (16.8mm) and E3.L thin".

Shigenori Yanagi, Technology Executive, SSD at KIOXIA Corporation said: "We are excited to work with the world's leading server and storage system developers to bring new classes of systems to market that will be able to fully unleash the power of flash memory, NVMe and PCIe".

He added: "EDSFF E3.S will power the future generations of servers and storage, making the data center even more efficient".

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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