Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, has developed and started sampling 100, 200 and 400-GB multi-level-cell (MLC) solid state drives (SSDs) for use as the primary storage in enterprise storage systems. As reported by Samsung in its news release the performance of Samsung’s new MLC-based SSDs closely approaches or even exceeds some of the SLC NAND-based SSDs now in the marketplace.
Samsung is already in the SSD market for enterprise servers with its high-performance SSDs using single-level-cell (SLC) NAND flash memory. The company is now expanding its line-up to include high-density SSDs using MLC NAND flash memory.
“The new drives can process random read commands at 43,000 input/outputs per second (IOPS) and random writes at 11,000 IOPS. This compares to a 15K RPM HDD which has an IOPS rate of 350, amounting to a 120X gain in random IOPS read performance and a 30X gain in random IOPS write performance.
“In terms of power consumption, the new enterprise SSDs have a 150 times higher IOPS/Watt rate compared to 15K RPM HDDs, making them able to process 150 times more data while consuming the same amount of energy.
“In addition, the new Samsung SSDs feature an ‘end-to-end data protection’ function with advanced data encryption algorithm to assure reliability and security for the drive.”