Samsung Launches Fast SSDs for Enterprise Apps

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-11-25 Print this article Print

New 25GB and 50GB solid-state drives from data storage maker Samsung are designed specifically for high-performance server applications, such as video on demand, Web serving and online financial transaction processing.

High-end disk maker Samsung Electronics announced Nov. 25 that it is beginning to produce 25GB and 50GB solid-state drives for performance-optimized server applications, such as video on demand, Web serving and online transaction processing.

The announcement came from the company's Eschborn, Germany, semiconductor fabricator.

The new SLC (single-level cell) SSDs have about twice the random write performance of its standard 32GB and 64GB SLC SSDs, yet use less power, Samsung said.

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The more efficiently designed SSDs use a mere 1.25 watts of power in active mode and 0.3 watts in idle mode-25 percent less than a standard 2.5-inch, 15000 rpm SAS spinning disk. Because the solid-state drives run so much cooler, they also ease the aggregate heat strain on a data center air conditioning system.

The Samsung's 2.5-inch Enterprise SSDs can process about 100 times the number of IOPS per watt as a typical 15000 rpm, 2.5-inch SAS HDD (hard disk drive) and five times the number of IOPS per dollar as a 10000 rpm, 2.5-inch SCSI HDD, Samsung claimed.

The SATA 3GB per second drives read data sequentially at 100MB per second and write it at 80MB per second.

The new SSDs will be available worldwide by the end of November.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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