The new, as-yet-unnamed drive combines a high-performance PCIe interface in a hot-swappable 2.5-inch card that gives data center administrators some new high-speed options for storage servers.
its first news since the tragic death of CEO Steve Appleton in a plane crash
Feb. 3, Micron Technology on March 6 launched what it called the first 2.5-inch
enterprise solid-state drive based on a PCIe interface.
new, as-yet-unnamed drive combines a high-performance PCIe interface in a
hot-swappable 2.5-inch card that gives data center administrators some new
high-speed options for storage servers.
introduced PCIe (peripheral component interconnect express) in 2004. It is a
computer expansion-card standard based on point-to-point serial links rather
than a shared parallel bus architecture, and is designed to replace the older
PCI, PCI-X and AGP standards.
flash storage has the ability to bypass traditional storage overhead by reducing
latencies, increasing throughput and enabling efficient processing of massive
quantities of data.
the 2.5-inch form factor allows PCIe SSDs to be integrated into the front end
of the server (like traditional data storage drives), users can easily service
the drive or scale performance without having to power down the server. This is
an important consideration for data center managers, especially those
responsible for hundreds or thousands of servers.
Will Be an Option in New Dell Servers
new SSD has been selected as an optional storage tier in Dell's new PowerEdge
12th-generation servers. These servers use a front-accessible backplane design
that can hold 2.5-inch SATA, SAS and PCIe drives, allowing the user a variety
of storage choices in a server or rack of servers.
new device uses Micron's P320h PCIe SSD design and is based on a
custom-developed controller. The 2.5-inch PCIe SSD also complements the P320h
HHHL card form factor, which provides power for high-performance, high-reliability
storage systems required for cloud applications, such as video streaming and
is currently in production with the P320h HHHL card and is sampling the
2.5-inch PCIe for selected customers. The SSD is expected to go GA by