Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leading producer of memory products, is announcing that it has begun mass production of the industry’s first high-performance SSDs utilizing three-bits-per-cell (MLC) NAND that is geared toward servers and data centers. This new SSD will allow IT pros to better manage workloads that are related to e-mail, web browsing and social networking, helping to enhance the efficiency of their operations. Initial installations of the new MLC-based SSDs will be in large-scale data centers, and are expected to start later in Q2 of 2014.
The PM853T SSD, as Samsung has designated it, will be offered in capacities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB, and will achieve high random IOPS performance and quality of service (QOS); both of which are key requirements for cloud server and data center usage scenarios. Samsung is anticipating rapid adoption of the new three-bits-per-cell SSDs in data centers, as the two-bits-per-cell market is replaced.
According to Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales and marketing at Samsung Electronics, “Following the last year’s production of 3-bit NAND-based SSDs for PC markets, our new 3-bit SSD for data centers will help considerably in expanding the market base for SSDs. We expect SSD market growth will gain momentum as this new SSD delivers significant improvements in data center investment efficiency, leading to full-fledged commercialization of SSDs in IT systems later this year.”
The PM853T, utilizing Samsung’s latest 10nm-class MLC NAND, is rated for sequential read speeds of 530 MB/s, and sequential writes of 420 MB/s. Random reads are stated as 90,000 IOPS, with random writes of 14,000 IOPS. Samsung’s new PM853T will allow IT managers to optimize SSD upgrades, and do it at investment levels parallel to those of consumer SSDs. Samsung has been able to achieve a 30% increase in manufacturing efficiency over two-bits-per-cell NAND-based flash components, which allows for offering the PM853T at a much more attractive price point.
Since first releasing the MLC-NAND-based 840 EVO SSD in 2013, Samsung has achieved market leadership in providing SSDs for PCs and ultra-slim notebooks. The PM853T should now also give Samsung a strong entry into the market for high-efficiency SSDs for data centers. By virtue of this new SATA 6 GB/s, MLC-based SSD, Samsung is reinforcing its partnerships with server and data center customers. Samsung continues to offer a broad lineup of competitive SSDs, including for SATA, SAS and PCIe/NVMe interfaces, allowing it to continue to increase its leadership position in the premium SSD market.
Pricing and warranty have not yet been revealed. Please click here to view the Samsung press release on the PM853T in its entirety.