Samsung Unveils New High-Capacity, 'Green' Enterprise SSD

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-01-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The new SSD can process IOPS (input/output per second) more than 10 times faster than the fastest 15K-rpm SAS disk drive available for transactional data workloads, Samsung said. It features a random read speed of 25K and a random write speed of 6K.

Solid-state semiconductor maker Samsung revealed Jan. 6 that it has developed a new enterprise-level 2.5-inch, 100GB solid-state flash drive that can handle heavy-duty applications such as video on demand, streaming media content delivery and online transaction processing while consuming substantially less power than a standard spinning disk drive.

The new enterprise SS805 SSD, introduced at the Storage Visions 2009 Conference in Las Vegas, will start shipping in March. It is designed as an alternative to traditional 15K-rpm hard disk drives, Samsung said.

The SSD can process IOPS (input/output per second) more than 10 times faster than the fastest 15K-rpm SAS disk drive available for transactional data workloads, Samsung said. It features a random read speed of 25K and a random write speed of 6K.

It can process as much as 100 times the number of IOPS per watt as a 15K-rpm 2.5-inch SAS HDD in applications where higher performance and lower power consumption are both needed, the company said. The drive reads data sequentially at 230MB per second and writes sequentially at 180MB per second. 

Much Lower Power Draw

At the same time, the new SSD draws much less power from the wall than standard HHDs. The new Samsung SSD uses only 1.9 watts of power in active mode and 0.6 watts in idle mode, minimizing power and heat loads. A typical 15K HDD consumes between 8 to 15 watts in active mode and 1 to 2 watts in idle mode.

The Samsung SS805 drive also features a key enterprise storage function that allows all data in the process of being stored within the SSD to be preserved in the event of a power outage.

The company said the 100GB SSD's high performance can be attributed to a sophisticated eight-channel controller, improved NAND flash quality and special drive firmware-all developed in-house by Samsung.



 
 
 
 
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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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