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SSDs target data intensive enterprise apps

Posted: 06 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sustained throughput? data-intensive enterprise?

Micron Technology Inc. has announced a new portfolio of PCI Express (PCIe) solid-state storage systems, the RealSSD(TM) P320h solid-state drive (SSD) series.

According to Micron, the RealSSD P320h series delivers extreme performance and endurance demanded by data-intensive enterprise applications including cloud computing, high-performance computing, data analytics, business intelligence, and video on demand.

The RealSSD P320h is a Gen 2 PCIe x8, full height, half-length card built around Micron's 34nm single level cell NAND flash and uses a high-end controller with customized firmware to achieve up to 750,000 4K random read IOPs and about 320,000 4K random write IOPS, with over 3GBs of sustained throughput.

"Micron is defining a whole new category of enterprise-class storage with our P320h PCIe solid-state storage systems," said Gary Gentry, general manager, enterprise division, Micron's NAND solutions group. "The P320h provides customers with the most compelling performance solution in the industry."

Micron's 34nm single-level cell NAND flash memory technology provides two different user capacities: 350GB and 700GB. The P320h series reaches a new standard among current PCIe systems, more than doubling the sequential read and write speeds compared to the nearest competitorachieving up to 3GBs of sustained data throughput per second. In terms of input/output operations per second (IOPS), a common method used in the enterprise market for benchmarking relative performance, the P320h series reaches a maximum of 750,000 IOPS read and 341,000 IOPS write speeds.

It is said that a tremendous amount of data is read and accessed from cloud computing applications such as YouTube, Facebook and Netflix.

According to IDC, the amount of digital content created and replicated throughout 2010 reached 1.2 zettabytes. For fast access to this information, an extremely fast backend infrastructure is required, especially from the storage system. A P320h drive (working in a cloud media streaming application) could serve data fast enough to feed 1,500 simultaneous individual HD video streams.

The first products in Micron's P320h series will be available in a full height, half-length form factor, measuring 111.15mm wide x 167.65mm long x 14.47mm thick. Micron is now delivering early samples of the P320h, with mass production expected to begin in the third quarter.

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