The Growing Popularity of SSDs in the Data Center

Posted on 06/26/2014 by

Jim Elliott

We live in a new era of mushrooming growth in big data and virtually  instantaneous sharing of enormous amounts of information – across the globe.  IT managers are continuously challenged with huge data center workloads complicated by scale-out infrastructure, web-based applications and social media – all requiring speed, agility and efficiency. This has directed a great deal of attention toward solid-state storage.

Until recently, IT managers had to contend with comparatively high costs and low capacities of flash-based solid state drives (SSDs), even though their performance has been head and shoulders above that of Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). Today, some SSDs are able to reach capacity levels higher than HDDs thus allowing data centers to embrace a single drive solution for large workloads, compared to up to 40-50 HDDs. New SSDs boast up to 2TB and 4TB densities on a single drive, opening the door wider for all-flash storage configurations.  And, pricing continues to improve to where the right configuration can be more cost-efficient that a 15K HDD solution.

Our new value-priced 3-bit SSD – the PM853T – reads data randomly at 90,000 IOPS (inputs outputs per second) and handles sustained random writes at 14,000 IOPS. Available in densities of 240, 480 and 960 GB, it also provides improved power consumption (3.4W when active/1.1 W idle), low latency (99.9% Quality of Service  at 200 microseconds), and increased reliability (MTBF of 1,500,000 hours) at price levels comparable to consumer SSDs. They lower the level of investment thanks to a 30 percent increase in manufacturing efficiency compared to SSDs that use 2-bit NAND.

But the PM853T is just one of several highly attractive data center storage solutions that we offer.  Featuring SAS, SATA and NVMe PCIe SSDs, data center managers can configure the right mix of high performance and low power benefits from our SSD family to meet their system needs and operating budgets.  You might be particularly interested in our SV843T V-NAND SSD that is produced using 3D processing rather than conventional 2D planar technology.  The SV843 raises endurance levels to twice that of the SM843T, while providing a 40 percent reduction in power consumption and a 20 percent performance increase in both sequential and random write speeds.

Have SSDs become part of your plans to improve your data center’s total cost of ownership? If so, in what ways will you be adding SSDs to your server environment?

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