Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has started mass producing 25 and 50 gigabyte (GB) solid state drives (SSDs) for performance-optimized server applications such as video on demand, web serving and on-line transaction processing.
Samsung's enterprises SSDs use 1.25 watts of power in active mode and 0.3 watts in idle mode. The devices consume less than 25 percent of the power of a 2.5-inch 15K SAS HDD, and provide the lowest possible heat load on a data center air conditioning system.
Designed specifically for the enterprise market, the new Samsung single-level-cell (SLC) SSDs have about twice the random write performance of its standard 32GB and 64GB SLC SSDs.
Available in a 2.5-inch interface, Samsung's Enterprise SSDs provide higher performance per watt than conventional 10K and 15K rpm HDDs. The drives process 100 times the number of IOPS per watt as a typical 15K 2.5-inch SAS HDD and five times the number of IOPS per dollar as a 10K 2.5-inch SCSI HDD.
The new performance-optimized Samsung Enterprise SSDs can process IOPS (input/output per second) up to 10 times faster than the fastest 15K rpm SAS HDD available for transactional data workloads, with the precise amount of performance improvement depending upon the specific application.
The SATA 3Gb/s drives read data sequentially at 100MB per second and write it at 80MB/s. They are available worldwide beginning November 2008.