ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL
Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.
In our Anvil testing, we tested with data samples for highly compressible data (o% compression), that typical used in a database scenario (8%), that used in applications (46%) and finally with 100% compression in the data sample. To our amazement, all results were extremely close to that of above and didn’t merit even being displayed. We were very impressed with this and had never seen similar in any consumer SSD.
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Samsungs release of the SSD SM825 3Gbps eMLC Data Center Edition SSD couldn’t have arrived at a better time as there is little doubt that data center transition to SSDs will occur just as fast as those new data centers being constructed today. The total write cycle for our 400GB sample is a mind boggling 7000TBW or 6.83 petabytes. To give you an idea of just how much storage that is, one petabyte is equal to 20 million four drawer filing cabinets filled with text or 13.3 years of continuous HD videos.
Its life span is not the only key the the SM825, however, as Samsung speaks of its ‘sustained performance’ throughout their testing and literature. This SSD is set to perform at the same level today as it will ten years from now. It is a work horse through and through and will find a place in many data centers simply because of that. To add to that, you can also count on consistent performance regardless of the specific data in use by the server.
Samsung draws the line in enterprise SSD sales, such as that of which we see in the SSD SM825, simply because everything is done in house. With this specific SSD, they start with ‘hand-picked’ Samsung eMLC NAND flash memory and then fine tune their firmware with their own 3 core ARM controller and 256MB cache. It’s all Samsung. Their final product, as usual, is a gorgeous SSD and, in this case, one that is a simple swap in data centers housing hard drives today. Let’s have it for innovation!