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See What Samsung Has in Storage

18 Nov 2015 by Howard M Cohen

Samsung may not be the first brand that comes to mind when thinking about data storage. But anyone who has been in the IT service provider business for any length of time knows how quickly things change. New technologies are introduced, they’re improved and their prices begin to fall. All of these contribute to greater adoption and new technologies that replace the old.

Let’s start with something you already know.

It’s likely you know Samsung has been manufacturing semiconductors for more than 20 years.

What you may not know is Samsung has been the No. 1 supplier of Solid State Drives (SSD) for more than six years. That’s because they have the technology to be the leader.

Samsung multi-core controller and firmware ensures sustained computing with superior write performance even for non-compressible data. Weighing only 2 ounces and 100% Samsung designed and manufactured, the 850 PRO Series, designed for workstation and light enterprise-type use, features industry-leading energy efficiency that supports increased battery life to further enhance the productivity of workers on the go.

As part of its strategy to expand into the consumer market, Samsung also introduced the Samsung SSD 850 EVO Series, making use of the industry’s first 3bit VNAND flash memory. Featuring Samsung’s proprietary multi-core controller, the 850 EVO achieves unrivaled value for performance with improved sequential read and write speeds. Samsung’s new 2TB drives demonstrate their commitment to being the technology pioneer in SSDs.

SSD is not just for laptops anymore.

Most of us became familiar with SSD or flash drives as a replacement for hard disk drives (HDD) in laptop computers. They became the must-have component that improves battery life for longer use, is lighter weight, offers faster bootup and application load times, plus has greater reliability due to the lack of moving parts. The trade-off was the cost of SSD or flash being higher than conventional mechanical storage devices.

These same drivers that propelled SSD growth in the consumer market are also taking root in the data center. SSDs continue to see significant technology investment and improvement; the development of new, more-efficient form factors and management software; higher densities and controller improvements; and prices that continue to decrease while HDD prices remain static. Data centers are bringing in SSDs as HDD replacements where speed and energy efficiency are key. Samsung data center SSDs are designed to prioritize consistency, reliability, endurance and manageability, while delivering the speed that SSD’s are known for.

Unlike consumer-grade SSDs, which are used in a single PC by a single user for short bursts of time, enterprise SSDs go into large servers or storage arrays that are servicing thousands of users 24/7. This means the same drives you put in your home PC are not ideal for use in your corporate data center.

Samsung’s enterprise-class SSD’s — the SM863 and PM863 series — are designed for these high-usage applications:

  • Samsung enterprise-class controllers and firmware avoid any dependence on host software for performance gains. Many drives in use would consume scarce processing resources.
  • Consistency means high-performance command queue implementations combined with constrained background cleanup.
  • To protect sensitive data, data center Samsung SSDs implement several strategies:
    • Advanced firmware uses Low-Density Parity Check (LDPC) error correction with a more efficient algorithm, taking less space in flash and resulting in faster writes.
    • Surviving system power interruptions require Power-Fail Protection (PFP) with tantalum capacitors holding power long enough to complete pending write operations. If encryption is required, self-encrypting drives implement algorithms internally in hardware.

Get a dramatically higher performance with a significantly reduced price delta.

This is the time most data center managers have been waiting for.  As their IT service provider, you can leverage Samsung SSD innovations to deliver dramatically higher performance, not just as compared to HDD but also to other flash technologies. And the difference in price between traditional HDD and SSD has become close to negligible.

To learn more about the advantages of Samsung SSDs in the data center, check out this white paper, and call your Insight support team to learn much more about performance, capacities, pricing, configurations and more.