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Micron Enterprise SSD is ''Fastest SATA Drive''

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Micron says its upcoming RealSSD P300 will be the fastest in the enterprise sector.

Micron Technology revealed on Thursday its first enterprise-class solid-state drive (SSD), the RealSSD P300. Touted as the fastest SSD in the enterprise sector, the new 2.5-inch drive will use higher-end single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory and an SATA 6Gb/s interface, the latter serving as a first for the enterprise SSD market.

According to the company, the RealSSD P300 will achieve a read throughput speed of up to 360 MB/s and a write throughput speed of up to 275 MB/s. The consumer version--Micron's C300 which was already made available--uses multi-cell (MLC) NAND flash memory and features sequential read speeds of up to 355 MB/s and write speeds of up to 215 MB/s.

"The ever-expanding workload of today’s enterprise environments requires the technology within to be able to withstand the rigors of data being constantly accessed, transferred and stored," the company said. "The RealSSD P300 drive was designed specifically to address these requirements by using Micron’s high-performance and high-endurance ONFI 2.1 34-nanometer (nm) single-level cell (SLC) NAND technology, ensuring product longevity and added reliability in today’s demanding enterprise environments."

Micron added that the new SSD is targeted primarily for blade and conventional servers, storage arrays and high-end workstations. The company even boasts that the RealSSD P300 can outperform a RAID of twelve hard drives "in some cases." The drive is slated to ship in October, and will arrive in three capacities: 50 GB, 100 GB, and 200 GB. Micron did not provide pricing at the time of this writing.

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    insider3 , August 13, 2010 5:57 PM
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    The company even boasts that the RealSSD P300 can outperform a RAID of twelve hard drives "in some cases.


    That's just ridiculous (In a good way). I wonder what the price range would be for this thing.
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    Grims , August 13, 2010 6:13 PM
    JasonAkkermanRAID 0 SSD's is a dangerous waste of money. SSD's real advantage are their IO ops, which isn't going to be enhanced by RAID. The real advantage to RAID is the throughput. In this case especially, the added throughput is not going to help the average gamer/enthusiast. It is surly not worth the risk of losing one of the drives and losing all your data.



    And SSD, let alone an Enterprise SSD is very unlikely to fail.
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    insider3 , August 13, 2010 5:57 PM
    Quote:
    The company even boasts that the RealSSD P300 can outperform a RAID of twelve hard drives "in some cases.


    That's just ridiculous (In a good way). I wonder what the price range would be for this thing.
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    thebigt42 , August 13, 2010 6:00 PM
    2 Drive Raid 0 in my system. If I only had the $
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    ap3x , August 13, 2010 6:08 PM
    Hope the prices are reasonable
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    JasonAkkerman , August 13, 2010 6:09 PM
    RAID 0 SSD's is a dangerous waste of money. SSD's real advantage are their IO ops, which isn't going to be enhanced by RAID. The real advantage to RAID is the throughput. In this case especially, the added throughput is not going to help the average gamer/enthusiast. It is surly not worth the risk of losing one of the drives and losing all your data.
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    Computerrock1 , August 13, 2010 6:10 PM
    Enterprise + SSD = Expensive
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    Grims , August 13, 2010 6:13 PM
    JasonAkkermanRAID 0 SSD's is a dangerous waste of money. SSD's real advantage are their IO ops, which isn't going to be enhanced by RAID. The real advantage to RAID is the throughput. In this case especially, the added throughput is not going to help the average gamer/enthusiast. It is surly not worth the risk of losing one of the drives and losing all your data.



    And SSD, let alone an Enterprise SSD is very unlikely to fail.
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    thebigt42 , August 13, 2010 6:15 PM
    The consumer ver 256 gig drive is around 550 - 600
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    Computerrock1 , August 13, 2010 6:15 PM
    I think two these on Raid 0 would bottleneck an entire system...
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    thebigt42 , August 13, 2010 6:16 PM
    JasonAkkermanRAID 0 SSD's is a dangerous waste of money. SSD's real advantage are their IO ops, which isn't going to be enhanced by RAID. The real advantage to RAID is the throughput. In this case especially, the added throughput is not going to help the average gamer/enthusiast. It is surly not worth the risk of losing one of the drives and losing all your data.

    Im not the average enthusiast ;p
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    JasonAkkerman , August 13, 2010 6:19 PM
    GrimsAnd SSD, let alone an Enterprise SSD is very unlikely to fail.


    It's your data. You choose what risk level you want to live with. RAID 0 is just a bad choice for SSD's. Real enterprise solutions would be RAID 5 or 6 based. Given the added safety of parity those are both acceptable solutions.
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    mlcloud , August 13, 2010 6:32 PM
    JasonAkkermanIt's your data. You choose what risk level you want to live with. RAID 0 is just a bad choice for SSD's. Real enterprise solutions would be RAID 5 or 6 based. Given the added safety of parity those are both acceptable solutions.


    And just how hard is it to back-up all your data on a cheap, 1TB hard drive which can be found for ~$60 nowadays? You're spending almost four digits on SSDs, might as well...

    There is nothing wrong with RAID 0 SSDs, provided there's a reason a user requires that amount of throughput.
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    nforce4max , August 13, 2010 6:36 PM
    This is why they buy Fusion I/O drives for paging and leave the rest up to traditional drives.
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    Hovaucf , August 13, 2010 6:45 PM
    JasonAkkermanRAID 0 SSD's is a dangerous waste of money. SSD's real advantage are their IO ops, which isn't going to be enhanced by RAID. The real advantage to RAID is the throughput. In this case especially, the added throughput is not going to help the average gamer/enthusiast. It is surly not worth the risk of losing one of the drives and losing all your data.


    IOps are not improved in RAID? You do realize increased throughput is directly related to increased I/O...

    If your I/O was not improving how would throughput increase?
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    chiral , August 13, 2010 6:47 PM
    imho,
    Any workstation/enthusiast/gaming rig utilizing SSD(s) is only putting programs and software on them. Anyone putting regular files (office docs, images, videos, music) is wasting their money and disk space. An SSD raid array would be easy to backup since all it is holding is programs and the OS.

    That being said, RAIDing SSDs is still not always a good idea since you lose trim and must rely on the hardware's (usually) unreliable garbage collection methods to keep up to speed.
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    Hovaucf , August 13, 2010 6:57 PM
    chiralimho,Any workstation/enthusiast/gaming rig utilizing SSD(s) is only putting programs and software on them. Anyone putting regular files (office docs, images, videos, music) is wasting their money and disk space. An SSD raid array would be easy to backup since all it is holding is programs and the OS.That being said, RAIDing SSDs is still not always a good idea since you lose trim and must rely on the hardware's (usually) unreliable garbage collection methods to keep up to speed.


    Obviously you've never heard of Pliant SSD's which are enterprise RAID SSD's that have no problem with RAID controllers performing outrageous transactions with little or no degradation in performance over time.
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    the_krasno , August 13, 2010 9:32 PM
    It would be nice to have the 50GB for my OS and the 200GB for my games, so I can retire my "old" HDD of 750 for pictures and movies.
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    xrodney , August 13, 2010 11:23 PM
    GrimsAnd SSD, let alone an Enterprise SSD is very unlikely to fail.

    Every disk will fail later or sooner.
    And mine 120GB SSD failed just last week with no warning, just not because of cell failure, but i can guess controller on it in fault as its detected as device, but no disk space on it.
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    razercultmember1 , August 13, 2010 11:36 PM
    gimme a 100 dollar 320 gig ssd and im good -_-
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    eklipz330 , August 14, 2010 12:57 AM
    razercultmember1gimme a 100 dollar 320 gig ssd and im good -_-

    ok. wait 5 years. =D
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    dEAne , August 14, 2010 2:35 AM
    Fastest SSD drive, expensive too.
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