Samsung SSD SM825 400GB Enterprise SSD Review – 3Gbps eMLC Data Center Edition

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.

FINAL THOUGHTS

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!

User Rating: Be the first one !

12
Leave a Reply

avatar
7 Comment threads
5 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
7 Comment authors
Les@TheSSDReviewMasterPoohMattaswChris Ram Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Pcuser43
Guest
Pcuser43

The word coming from Digitimes is that Samsung is not about to see its NAND lead eroded, and their new fab, dubbed Line-16 should give Samsung a leg up. Located in the Nano City Complex in Hwaseong in South Korea, the fab will be capable of producing 200,000 12-inch wafers every month. Samsung began work on the site back in May 2010, and it is now expected that the site will be up and running in two months. According to chip expert at Future Horizons, Malcolm Penn, the opening is indicative of how important the NAND sector is. “It used… Read more »

Pcuser43
Guest
Pcuser43

This Fab is open an operating.

renosablast
Guest
renosablast

Toshiba has as much as admitted that they will have a tough time competing with Samsung’s new fab. Toshiba wants to expand also; but their costs to expand will be far greater than Samsungs. Advantage – Samsung

Chris Ram
Guest
Chris Ram

You might want to look into the life span on the SuperCaps used. There is a reason why everyone else is going to digital caps, something to do with the SuperCaps only lasting two years 🙂

Chris Ram

asw
Guest
asw

Where can you buy this?