HGST releases SSDs with support for NVM Express
HGST, which is now a branch of Western Digital, has released the new NVMe-compliant UltraStar SN100 Series PCIe solid-state drives, which the company claims are the industry’s fastest. The new solid-state drives are perfect for use in data centers, scale-out databases, cloud services and more and allow businesses to reach new levels of performance, lower access latency and easier application scaling.
“With our new Ultrastar SN100 Series, HGST is helping today’s data center professionals meet one of their most important and difficult storage challenges: deliver extremely high application performance in a cost-effective manner,” said Mike Gustafson, senior vice president and general manager, HGST Flash Platforms Group. “By standardizing the deployment process with NVMe, IT organizations can now realize unprecedented gains in terms of application performance, server consolidation, and simplified setup and management in Linux, Windows and virtualized environments. This milestone is important as it allows customers to easily implement high-capacity PCIe SSDs at scale in a variety of data center environments.”
The new drives offer several crucial features. The first one is support for the standardized NVMe driver, which eliminates the need to install vendor-unique drivers to experience the performance benefits of PCIe SSD. The Ultrastar SN100 line also offers excellent performance – the new line delivers sequential read/write speeds of 3000 MB/sec and 1600 MB/sec, respectively and up to 310 000 random mixed read/write IOPS, up to 160 000 random write IOPS and up to 743 000 random read IOPS. The line is offered in three capacities – 800 GB, 1600 GB and 3200 GB and two form factors – as half-height and half-length add-in cards (1600 GB and 3200 GB) and as 2.5-inch small form factor SSDs (800 GB, 1600 GB, 3200 GB). Finally the drives use four PCI-E 3.0 lanes and can be used in numerous server systems.
The HGST Ultrastar SN100 add-in card series is available now, while the 2.5-inch models will appear in May. No word on pricing.