CES has been quite interesting so far, with many new consumer storage devices on the horizon. This year, however, Kingston hasn’t announced anything new on the SSD front, that is, for consumer storage. They did, however, show off some of their newest enterprise products including the E1000 PCIe NVMe AIC and announced a new client SATA SSD, the KC400.
The 8TB Kingston E1000, simply put, is a beast. It is capable of speeds of up to 6.4GB/s and 1.25 million IOPS with an average latency of ~30 micro seconds! By utilizing IP from Liqid Inc. Kingston is able to combine four M.2 SSDs into a single HHHL form factor to enable use in any standard server that supports a PCIe socket. It features power loss protection and has variable over provisioning options from 7%-28% depending on your endurance requirements. The controllers and all components used are from Kingston and it should be available before the second half of the year.
Above we can see six of these drives in an all flash array offering up to 3.25 million IOPS and up to 12.5GB/s bandwidth and 48TB of storage all within a 1U form factor! Like we said earlier, this drive and its capabilities are beastly.
Furthermore, Kingston announced the KC400, the newest addition to the SSDNow family. Designed for enterprise client workloads, SATA 6Gb/s KC400 SSD is 15-times faster than a hard-disk drive delivering consistent performance for both compressible and incompressible data, and improved responsiveness in performance-hungry applications.
It provides end-to-end data path protection and SmartECC to guard data plus SmartRefresh to protect against read errors. Data is rebuilt if there’s an error, and the drive is able to recover from an unexpected power shutdown, via firmware-controlled power loss management. The drive provides excellent data reliability due to the highly advanced Phison PS3110-S10 eight-channel controller and quad-core processor. KC400 is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities.
To further help companies and organizations out, Kingston offers industry-leading sales support through its Ask an Expert program. It also offers the Kingston SSD Manager, a free, downloadable toolbox to monitor drive health, status and disk usage. KC400 SSD is backed by a limited 5-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
In addition to the KC400, Kingston, along with PsiTech, had on display the DC400 in a Vortex Ultrazoom Sports Broadcasting Reply system. This system allows for real-time 4K capture, on the fly video editing, and instant pan and scan replay with the use of 8 of the SSDNow DC400 SSDs.
The DC400 is powered by a Phison S10 controller and is available in capacities of up to 2TB. It also features end-to-end data path protection and a 5-year warranty. Designed for mainstream server applications the endurance is rated for up to 1 drive write per day and sequential speeds are very top notch at 550MB/s read and 530MB/s write. In terms of IOPS it is capable of delivering 85K IOPS read. In terms of availability, Kingston is aiming for release in May at a price point around $0.70 per GB.
Finally, while there were no new consumer SSDs, we were able to get a hold of their newly announced DataTraveler 2000, which we will be reviewing soon. The DataTraveler 2000 offers hardware encryption and PIN protection with access through an onboard alphanumeric keypad.
It is designed for global security IT professionals, small-to-medium businesses and corporate end users who require electronic data protection. DataTraveler 2000 is easily deployable in a work environment where multiple devices and operating systems are in use as the drive is OS independent and features hardware-based, full disk AES 256-bit data encryption in XTS mode. Encryption is done on the drive and no software or hardware drivers are needed.
DataTraveler 2000’s alphanumeric keypad allows users to lock the drive with a word or number combination for easy-to-use PIN protection. For additional security, its auto-lock feature is activated when the drive is removed from the host device and the encryption key and password are deleted after 10 invalid login attempts to thwart brute force intrusions. DataTraveler 2000 is built with durability in mind as an aluminum cover protects the drive from everyday elements such as water and dust. DataTraveler 2000 is using Datalock Technology licensed from ClevX, LLC.
In terms of speed it is capable of speeds up to 135MB/s read and 40MB/s write and it will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. It will ship later in Q1 and is backed by a three-year warranty, free live technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.