Seagate presents new flash technologies to boost performance

SeagateSeagate Technology announced — at the 2017 Flash Memory Summit (FMS) – new versions of flash technologies to boost performance and capacity for data center workloads.

The latest solid-state drives — including the Nytro 5000 M.2 non-volatile memory express (NVMe) SSD and the Nytro 3000 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD — help organizations maximize the value of their data.

Seagate will highlight a 64-terabyte (TB) NVMe add-in card (AIC) reading 13 gigabytes per second (GB/s) — the fastest and highest-capacity SSD.

The storage company said Nytro 5000 NVMe M.2 SSD and Nytro 3000 SAS SSD offer better performance and scalability. The Nytro 5000 NVMe M.2 SSD is a cost-effective, lower-power technology for data centers with 2TB capacity.

It boosts random write performance levels as high as 67,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) — double the performance levels of the previous version.

The SSD also comes with configurable overprovisioning, providing additional layers of flexibility to assist organizations to adjust the drive’s endurance and capacity properties based on their specific data storage needs.

The new Nytro 3000 SAS SSD offers enhanced capacity and performance features, and a dual-port SAS interface to maintain data integrity in the event of communication channel loss. The drive also provides up to 15TB of capacity, more than four times the capacity of the previous version.

It offers up to 2,200 megabytes per second (MB/s) in sequential read performance through a 12 gigabits per second (Gb/S) SAS dual or wide port interface, helping prevent storage bottlenecks and ensuring high data reliability, availability and scalability.

“Seagate is investing heavily in their already broad range of NVMe and SAS enterprise-class products aimed directly at the data center, cloud, and hyperscale storage markets,” said George Crump, lead analyst of Storage Switzerland.

Seagate is also demonstrating a 64TB NVMe AIC that includes performance of up to 13 gigabytes per second (GB/s) in a single PCIe NVMe add-in-card with full power fail protection. Servers benefit from eight high-performance controllers managing the SSD’s flash capacity through the one PCIe socket. Customer samples of the technology are anticipated in the first half of 2018.

The Nytro 5000 NVMe M.2 SSD and Nytro 3000 SAS SSD will be available later this year using leading 3D NAND flash technology.

“Large-capacity SSDs are in high demand in hyperscale computing, a market that is growing faster than any other sector,” said Jim Handy, general director of research firm Objective Analysis.

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