Toshiba’s Read-intensive 2TB and 4TB PX04SL SSDs Now Shipping

Enterprises need a whole different set of hardware than we consumers do and Toshiba has a lot to offer in this area and among the available enterprise products is a whole list of solid state drives optimized for different kind of workloads. The newest in this category is the very read-intensive enterprise SAS SSD called the PX04SL that just began shipping as samples today. The Toshiba PX04SL series is optimized for read-intensive application workloads such as data warehousing, web servers, media streaming, and video on demand (VOD) services.

There are two main factors for enterprises when they pick the hardware to use. It has to work as good as possible in the intended usage scenario and it has to have a total cost of ownership that is as low as possible without compromising the needed performance. Toshiba’s PX04SL generation SAS SSDs offer both and come in both 2TB and 4TB capacity versions.

Thanks to the 12Gbps dual-port SAS interface and the used components, these PX04SL drives are able to deliver a sustained 4K random read performance of 270,000 IOPS and a sustained 64K sequential read performance up to 1900MB/s. This helps read-intensive application workloads achieve superior results and should prevent bottlenecks.

The Toshiba PX04SL is a 2.5-inch form factor drive, but it is 15mm high to make room for all the hardware inside. It is rated for up to 25 complete disk writes per day for a period of 5 years with 100% random workload, therefore be reliable for a long time. The series features a full power-loss-protection and end-to-end data protection that both help to keep every bit of your data correct, even in the case of power failures and other unforeseen circumstances.

The PX04SL SSDs also allow for customer-tunable power and performance optimization as well as self-encrypting and FIPS options. Everything an enterprise with respect for itself will want.

Feature Highlights

  • Impressive Read/Write Bandwidth and Random IOPS
  • Up to 4 TB Storage Capacity
  • Dual-Port 12.0 Gbit/s SAS Interface
  • 2.5-Inch Form-Factor, 15mm Z-Height
  • Up to 25 complete DWPD for 5 years with 100% Random Workload
  • Full Power-Loss-Protection and End-to-End Data Protection
  • Customer-Tunable Power and Performance Optimization
  • Self-Encrypting and FIPS Options

SilverStone Releases Two New SFF-8643 SAS Cables

You might just have bought a new fancy SAS controller for your data systems or maybe even bought a motherboard with it onboard, but you’ll also need some quality cables to connect these controllers with the drives. SilverStone released two new cables for the SFF-8643 Internal Mini SAS connector.

The first one is the CPS04 and it is basic SFF-8643 to SFF-8643 cable, but it is a high-quality cable. The 500mm long cable is made with heavy-duty connectors and a thick cable for stable connections and reliable throughput. The cable supports SAS 3.0 with 12Gbps per lane and the cable features four lanes. The CPS05 also comes with sideband connection feature for optimal backplane control.

The second new cable from SilverStone is the CPS05 and it only has one SFF-8643 connector, the other is populated with 7-pin SATA3 connectors for support with SATA-based drives. The thick shielded cables along with the heavy-duty connectors ensure stability and reliability. The CPS05 also features a sideband connection (SGPIO) and it is designed for always on and reliable operation with servers or workstations.

The recommended End User price (excl. VAT) is set to $24.97 USD for the  CPS04 cable and $21.56 USD for the CPS05 cable. Both cables should be available now.

QNAP Launches Intel Xeon Quad-Core Powered TVS-ECx80U-SAS-RP Series NAS

QNAP announced a new series of NAS devices for businesses that need nothing but the best, the new TVS-ECx80-SAS-RP series. The new NAS units are built around an Intel Xeon E3-1246 v3 quad core 3.5 GHz processor and come with either 16GB DDR3 RAM or 8GB DDR3 ECC RAM.

A great CPU and plenty of memory is just a small part of what makes this new series so great. QNAP releases four units in this series: The TVS-EC2480U-SAS-RP 24 x 3.5-inch 4U, TVS-EC1680U-SAS-RP 16 x 3.5-inch 3U, TVS-EC1280U-SAS-RP: 12 x 3.5-inch 2U, and the TVS-EC1580MU-SAS-RP with 9 x 3.5-inch and 6 x 2.5-inch bays in a 2U rackmount unit. All four units come with 4 x Gigabit LAN port and are 10GbE ready with optional add-in cards via two PCIe expansion slots. They supports 3.5-inch SAS 12Gbps, SAS/SATA 6Gbps hard drives and SSD, or 2.5-inch SAS/SATA SSD. The hard drives are, of course, hot-swappable and the untis also come with built-in 256GB mSATA modules for SSD caching. USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and HDMI ports are also part of each of these units.

All that hardware I’ve just mentioned is able to deliver an impressive performance with up to 3,800+ MB/s throughput and 268,100+ IOPS. If you should run out of space at some point, QNAP has you covered with their REXP-1620U-RP and REXP-1220U-RP RAID expansion enclosures of which you can attach up to eight of. That in return allows you over 1 Petabyte of raw capcity which is managed from a single unit.

Having a lot of data is one thing, you also need to be able to access it in a proper fashion. The TVS-ECx80U-SAS-RP series is an industry-leading unified NAS that supports Auto Tiering to deliver constant optimization of data across high-performance SSD, 12Gbps SAS drives and high-capacity SATA disks.

“QNAP’s Qtier Technology triggers storage auto-tiering for the TVS-ECx80U-SAS-RP series, allowing the right data to be placed in the right disks at the right time according to the access frequency of stored data,” said Alan Lin, product manager of QNAP. “The new NAS series realizes the optimal storage efficiency and boosts performance, making it the best storage solution especially for environments like virtualization that contain dynamically-changing workloads.”

There isn’t much that you can’t achieve with this new series, may it be your own cloud system or something completely different. You get all the usual features of a NAS unit of this caliber including QNAP’s great Qsirch for efficient searching of data in that giant storage pool.

The new TVS-ECx80U-SAS-RP QNAP NAS models and REXP-x20U-RP RAID expansion enclosures are now available and come with up to 5-years warranty where the first three years are default and included.


Toshiba Announces Third Generation of Enterprise SAS SSDs

Toshiba has announced its next generation of enterprise solid state drives designed for applications ranging from email servers, database servers, and virtualized enterprise file servers, to primary storage in read, write or mixed workload environments. The new line is called the PX04S and features high-endurance, mid-endurance, value endurance and read-intensive models optimized for different applications and workloads.

The PX04S line is equipped with dual-port 12Gbps SAS interfaces and it can achieve a sustained random 4K read performance up to 270K, the highest for a 2.5-inch form factor SAS SSD. The write performance has also been improved and the drive can now deliver 125K in that area. This is also Toshiba’s first 12Gbps SAS SSD series able to deliver 3.84TB of operating capacity.

The high-endurance PX04SHB models are targeted at write-intensive virtualized data centers, big data analytics, and high-performance computing that requires the highest levels of eSSD performance, reliability and endurance. The PX04SHB supports 25 complete drive writes per day (DWPD) with a one hundred percent random workload and is available in capacities from 200GB to 1.6TB.

The PX04SMB are the mid-endurance drives that have been optimized for mixed-use in mission-critical hyper-scale and virtualized environments. The drives provide very high levels of predictable performance for optimal system and application performance and support 10 DWPD with capacities of up to 3.2TB.

The PX04SVB value-endurance models are optimized for read-intensive server and storage applications that require a balance of reliability, capacity, and endurance. Capable of three DWPD and with capacities up to 3.84TB, the PX04SVB SSDs are suited for applications such as media streaming and web servers.

Finally, targeted at read-intensive applications requiring one DWPD or less, the PX04SRB delivers features and performance suitable for a range of enterprise and web-based workloads such as video on demand (VOD) and data warehousing. The PX04SRB models are available in capacities up to 3.84TB.

The new drives will, of course, be presented at next week’s Flash Memory Summit in San Jose, California.

SanDisk Plans 6TB and 8TB Enterprise SSDs for 2016

While consumers have just been treated to some of the largest SSDs they’ve been able to buy yet in the Samsung 2TB 850 EVO/Pro, the enterprise segment is already looking beyond that. SanDisk is reportedly planning to launch their data center focused 6TB and 8TB SSDs sometime in 2016. These drives will likely be part of the Optimus Max series targetting 12Gb/s SAS connectors in a 2.5″ form factor. These drives will replace the 4TB models that have just recently launched.

At 6-8TB, SSDs will be closer than ever to matching their spinning disk cousins. HDDs currently top out at around 810TB, a bit over double what most SSDs top out at. While hard drives aren’t likely to stay still, capacity gains have been hard to come by, so 12TB may be where HDDS end up in 2016. An 8TB SDD would finally be able to reach more than 50% capacity of the top hard drives. Given that SSDs are already so much faster than hard drives, it makes sense to target capacity next.

It is important to note that 8TB SSDs are not exactly new. Other firms have demoed high capacity SSDs before, but this marks the first time a company with NAND fabs has reached this point. If SanDisk feels that NAND has reached a state where 8TB SSDs make sense on a large scale, the market and pricing is probably good. Hopefully, consumers will benefit from the advances and maybe some of you can get a 4TB SSD to go with your new Skylake-E/Zen and Pascal/Arctic Islands builds!

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information 

Synology Releases Rackmounted NAS Scalable up to 1.4PB

If you can’t get enough storage space then Synology might have a good answer for you with their latest NAS and expansion units that together provide the biggest NAS that the company has produced so far.

The new RackStation RS18016xs+ and expansion unit RX1216sas can provide you with up to 1440 TB of raw storage using 8TB drives. That is a lot of storage right there at your disposal, but all that storage also has to be fast or it wouldn’t be of any use to anyone. The unit is capable of a performance over 3900MB/s throughput and 348K sequential IOPS in an RAID5 setup with VLAN.

The RS18016xs+ has four gigabit LAN ports as standard, but you can expand that with more gigabit or 10Gbit ports thanks to the two PCI 3.0 x8 expansion slots. You also get several USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and SAS ports.

It comes equipped with 8GB ECC RAM and is upgradable up to 32GB ECC RAM. The processor is an Intel Xeon E3 quad-core with 3.3GHz. The Both the NAS and the extension units have 12 ports for SATA or SAS drives.

Redundant power supplies and an amplitude of business features will make sure that these units perform the task they should and consistently. Synology’s DSM system also offers backup and fail-over solutions that should meet any companies needs.

Neither the NAS nor the expansion unit are cheap when you look at the price, but I honestly think it’s a fair price all things considered. The RS18016xs+ was a recommended price of £4398.00 including VAT or €4765.00 before tax and the RX1216sas will set you back £1992.00 including VAT or €2160.00 before tax.

SanDisk Flash Drives and SSDs at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – SanDisk also brought along all their other storage devices such as the impressive 128GB Ultra Fit USB 3.0 drive. This is the world’s smallest high-capacity USB 3.0 drive and it can hold up to 16 hours of Full HD video while not being much bigger than the nail on your thumb. The drive still transfers files at up to 130MB/s, allowing you to transfer a full movie in less than 40 seconds.

The new Z400s SSD was also on display, a perfect balance between performance, capacity, and reliability for replacing your PC’s HDD. It’s build as a cost effective alternative to mechanical HDDs.

If the 128GB capacity from the tiny Ultra Fit drive isn’t enough, then SanDisk also has the 256GB Ultra USB 3.0 drive with up to 256GB capacity.

The SanDisk Extreme 500 is a portable SSD with a capacity up to 480GB that fits right into your pocket while being four times faster than an external HDD. It has a rugged and durable design and it is shock resistant, a perfect combination for when you’re on the go.

SanDisk also had their other drives such as the X300 and X110 in 2.5-inch and small form factor drives with them.

Enterprise users also had their part to look at with the CloudSpeed ECO Gen2 SATA3, Lighting Ultra Gen2 12Gb/s SAS, Optimus MAX 4TB SAS and Fusion ioMemory SX300 PCIe Application Accelerator.

SilverStone Storage Enclosures at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Silverstone has a wide variety of enclosures and it doesn’t really matter where or how you need them, They got it covered. From internal to external, hybrids, and from USB to SAS – you’ll find it all.

There are traditional hot-swap bays so you can utilize all you front bays for drives, with and without trays.

The Silverstone MS06 for example is a hybrid solution that allows you to take the drive on the road as USB 3.0 high-speed storage and just plug it into your own system for a direct connection when you get home.

External enclosures such as the DS222 allows you to connect two drives externally to your USB ports and that includes built-in RAID support. RAID isn’t just for external drive bays and the Mobile and Treasure storage MS08 is a 2.5-inch SATA hot-swap module rack with RAID support and a tray-less design.

The TS431 and TS231 units allow you to connect 3.5-inch SATA drives easily to your system via USB 3.0 interface and support hot swap for their trayless drive bays. The units are also available with miniSAS connectors for direct connection to your high-performance controller.

Storage enclosures are nice, but what if you want to build a complete system with lot of drives and keep a small form factor. A thing that used to be difficult, but isn’t anymore thanks to SilverStone. The CS280 and DS380 provide lots of drive bays as well as room for mITX motherboards and internal power supplies.

The CS series are cases for storage and that’s just what they do. The mITX cases support 6 external 2.5-inch hot-swap drive as well as two internal. The whole thing is wrapped in a beautiful aluminum enclosure with rounded corners.

Last but not least, SilverStone also brought along their line-up of internal drive bays, used to expand your case’s front bays in a more practical way. Whether you need 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives to be easy accessible and with hot-swap abilities, SilverStone has it covered with their huge amount of options.

Stay tuned for more news, photos, and information directly from Computex 2015

Seagate First to Support VMware Virtual SAN with 12Gb/S SAS HDDs and SSDs

Seagate announced that its Enterprise Performance 15K HDD and the 1200 SSD 12Gb/s SAS drives have been certified by VMware as interoperable storage tiers for VMware Virtual SAN. This is an industry first, the drives now support Virtual SAN for VMware vSphere, a new hypervisor-converged storage platform, delivering the benefits of faster, more reliable and cost-effective shared data for traditional data centers and emerging cloud infrastructures.

“We are pleased to partner with VMware to provide a path for the future with 12Gb/s support for VMware in data centers,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. “The only VMware certified 12Gb/s solution in the industry, these drives coupled with the VMware vSphere platform deliver the optimum performance in terms of speed, scalability and efficiency— a winning combination that will enable us to provide unparalleled performance.”

The drives went through a rigorous certification process to ensure that the overall solution meets VMware Virtual SAN customer requirements, but both families of drives are now listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide.

The industry partners love the news, with Lenovo, Dell, and Supermicro, all are big players in the server market, expressing positive statements and are pleased to be part of it with their server solutions.

“At Dell, we take pride in our ability to introduce industry-leading solutions that increase storage performance while maintaining data integrity, system reliability and exceptional value,” said Brian Payne, executive director, Dell server solutions. “We’ve worked in lock-step with VMware and Seagate to ensure customers who want to deploy Virtual SAN can do so on the best platform in the industry. VMware’s certification of Seagate 12Gb/s SAS hard disk drives further exemplifies this point and complements Dell’s latest server and storage portfolios.”

“Supermicro offers the widest range of 12Gb/s SAS3 server and storage solutions on the market supporting Seagate’s new 12Gb/s SAS 15K HDD/1200 SSDs,” said Don Clegg, vice president of marketing and business development at Supermicro. “With our combined VMware certified FatTwin Virtual SAN solutions, enterprise and cloud providers can now accelerate deployment of cost-effective, virtualized infrastructure, delivering customers higher performance and greater efficiency with increased reliability.”

“Lenovo enterprise customers demand cutting-edge storage technology and Seagate’s 12Gb/s SAS delivers just that providing high-performance and robust enterprise reliability that they can trust,” said Darrel Ward, vice president, enterprise storage, enterprise business group, Lenovo. “VMware’s certification of this technology only reinforces our assertion that Seagate is a technology leader when it comes to storage solutions.”

Thanks to Seagate for providing us with this information

Samsung Announces New SAS Enterprise SSD

Samsung Electronics has announced the mass production of a new high-performance SAS-interface SSD featuring 10-nm class MLC NAND flash memory. The new SM1623 SSD is targeting enterprise customers worldwide who are in need of high-capacity, but also need to stay cost-effective.

“With our new SAS SSD, our competitiveness in the enterprise storage SSD market has been strengthened. We are committed to providing storage customers with an exceptionally wide variety of next-generation, high-capacity SSDs in driving the fast-growing enterprise storage SSD market,” said Jeeho Baek, vice president of memory marketing at Samsung Electronics.

The new SM1623 drive is a replacement for  the 2012 introduced SM1625 SSD. The denser 10nm-class NAND used in the new drive allow for larger capacity and the drive now offers 800GB of storage. This is a high performance and endurance drive, and such it is rated for a full drive write per day (DWPD). When looking at the provided speed benchmarks, we see some strong numbers. Sequential it is rated (up to) 950 MB/s read and 520 MB/s write, while random 4K speeds are listed as 120K IOPS reading and 26K IOPS writing.

As of writing, there are no information available on price, warranty and lifespan. It is however rumoured that Samsung has near-term plans to introduce additional SAS SSDs.

Thank you SSDreview and Samsung for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Samsung 

HGST Announces New Ultrastar 12Gb/S SAS SSD Sized up to 1.6TB

HGST, a Western Digital company, announced its next generation of Ultrastar 12GB/s SAS solid-state drives today. Building upon the award-winning first generation, the new Ultrastar SSDs come in up to 1.6 TB size.

The new Ultrastar SSD800MH.B, Ultrastar SSD1600MM and Ultrastar SSD1600MR are using Intel 20nm high endurance enterprise-grade MLC NAND and the well proven HGST 12GB/s SAS technology, making them the ideal building blocks for server and storage systems running today’s performance-sensitive enterprise applications.

The new drives come in a variety of sizes depending on the model. The SSD800MH.B that is designed for write intensive operations will be available between 100GB and 800GB, the SSD1600MM for the balanced system will range from 200GB to 1.6TB and the SSD1600MR will feature from 250GB to 1.6TB for read intensive application use.

All 3 drives are said to offer a throughput of up to 1,100MB/s along with random read and write performance of up to 130k/110k IOPS respectively. They are backed by a 5 year Warranty at a MTBF of 2 Million hours.

As enterprise-class they come with the choice of security options including Instant Secure Erase (ISE), Self-Encrypting Drives (SED), and TCG enterprise SED with FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 certification.

“HGST leads the industry in SAS SSDs, which continue to be the preferred storage building blocks for a large variety of server and storage systems that support a growing set of data-intensive enterprise applications,” said Ulrich Hansen, vice president of SSD product marketing, HGST. “As our OEM, cloud and enterprise customers implement solutions to meet a variety of storage needs, SSDs and HDDs will increasingly be deployed in tiered pools of storage based on respective TCO strengths. HGST is in a unique position of offering a complete enterprise storage portfolio with leading solutions in both product categories.”

The new HGST Ultrastar SSD800MH.B, Ultrastar SSD1600MM and Ultrastar SSD1600MR SAS SSDs are currently completing qualifications at several server and storage system OEMs, and are generally available now.

Thank you HGST for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of HGST.