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Ultra-High Capacity SSDs Usher in New Era of Data Storage

on Jun 07, 2019

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More than 24,000 gigabytes of data are uploaded to the internet every second. On Youtube alone, 300 hours of video are uploaded every minute, and it would take over 60,000 years of non-stop watching to consume what already exists on YouTube. As a result, the IT industry must carefully consider the best methods of producing, accessing, and processing data to meet these high demands.

Historically HDDs have been the preferred choice of storage for IT administrators thanks to their large capacities and the lower cost. However, the introduction of ultra-high capacity SSDs is changing the landscape of data storage. Offering faster performance, lower power consumption, better heat management to prevent overheating easier installation, and a competitive Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), ultra-high capacity SSDs are gaining a major edge over the legacy technology.

A New Era of Data Storage

Emerging trends in computing such as hybrid cloud computing, which combines a private cloud and public cloud and allows data and applications to be shared between them; online analytical processing (OLAP), an approach to answer multi-dimensional analytical queries; and storage and server systems that handle massive amounts of data have created new demand for better, faster storage solutions. Ultra-high capacity SSDs have been the cost-effective answer.

In addition to offering a fast, high-capacity solution, the ever-increasing importance of data integrity and reliability in high-performance applications has made ultra-high capacity SSDs an attractive choice across a wide range of industries including data centers, server farms, aerospace, military, machine automation, medical solutions, in-vehicle computing and more.

Systems that implement these new SSDs are able to leverage their strengths for read-intensive workloads, particularly for data analysis projects that implement Hadoop or other analytics software. This is thanks in large part to the significant improvements to input/output operations per second (IOPS) SSDs provide over HDDs. These advantages make them an ideal solution for applications that are heavily dependent on IOPS, such as virtual desktop infrastructure, e-commerce, and online analytical processing, as they are able to deliver both the IOPS and storage capacity without needing to aggregate a huge number of HDDs.

In addition to supporting high transactional workloads, cloud providers are increasingly leveraging ultra-high capacity SSDs for the density that they provide. The cost savings of not having to build new data centers is a major return on investment, potentially saving millions of dollars by avoiding construction costs.

Shrinking Footprints, Shrinking Costs

As organizations continue to create and process more and more data, IT administrators are faced with the challenge of controlling the size and power consumption of their data centers. To tackle the problem, many organizations have adopted an “out with the old, in with the new” strategy, where one piece of old technology must be removed for every new piece added. Ultra-high capacity SSDs have allowed these firms to substantially shrink the footprint of their data centers, achieving densities as high, or higher than, HDDs with better performance.

Although the cost per gigabyte is more expensive with ultra-high capacity SSDs when compared to their smaller capacity counterparts and legacy HDD technology, when factoring in their smaller form factor and reduced power consumption, the total cost of delivering petabytes of storage capacity becomes a bargain.

Samsung Leadership

Samsung has long been a leader in the manufacturing and production of ultra-high capacity SSDs, with a reputation for offering some of the best solutions on the market. Their most recent announcement of four new ultra-high capacity SSDs has set the bar even higher.

The PM1733, a 2.5-inch PCIe Gen4 (16Gbps/lane) SSD, and its counterpart PM1735, an AIC PCIe Gen4 (16Gbps/lane) SSD, offer up to 32TB and 16TB of storage respectively. Each are said to deliver sequential read speeds of up to 6,400MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 3,800 MB/s. The other two drives are a pair of SAS 12G SSDs offering similarly impressive speed and capacity.

The PM1643a is a 2.5-inch SAS 12G SSD with up to 30.72TB of storage and delivering read and write speeds of up to 450,000 IOPS and 90,000 IOPS respectively. The PM1645a is also a 2.5-inch SAS 12G SSD with up to 25.6TB of storage and read and write speeds of up to 450,000 IOPS and 140,000 IOPS respectively. When compared to the performance of HDDs, Samsung’s ultra-high capacity SSDs are up to 4 times more power efficient and can achieve sequential workloads up to 6 times faster, significantly reducing the total cost of ownership.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your servers or need an appropriate solution for big data processing, each of Samsung’s newest offerings deliver unparalleled reliability and performance. To learn more about Samsung’s ultra-high capacity SSDs and find which product best suits your needs, visit https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/ssd/enterprise-ssd/. 

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