Toshiba’s 12Gb/s PX04S SAS SSD Powers Dell’s Fastest SAS-Based Servers – 340,000 Random Read IOPS With a Single Drive!

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is announcing a new collaboration with Dell, who becomes the first global server original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to utilize Toshiba’s PX04S solid-state drives (SSDs). By utilizing the PX04S family of SAS SSDs, Dell now offers SAS-based servers with the fastest random read enterprise SSDs in the market. A Dell PowerEdge R730 is able to demonstrate random read speeds of up to 340,000 IOPS utilizing a single PX04S drive, making them Dell’s fastest SAS-based servers available.

Dell-poweredge-R730The 12Gb/s SAS PX04S Series of SSDs are available in an array of models that meet any endurance and application workload needs — including high endurance, mainstream, and read-intensive usage scenarios. The PX04S is offered in capacities up to 4TB with excellent all-around performance, as well as encryption and non-encryption versions. The PX04S Series utilizes a Toshiba-developed controller paired with Toshiba-developed NAND. This vertical integration provides effective application and system performance in servers and storage.

PX04EnterpriseSSDSeriesAccording to Brian Payne, executive director of Dell PowerEdge product management, “With the fastest random read SAS SSDs available, Toshiba’s PX04S SSDs offer excellent performance and value for Dell PowerEdge server customers. Toshiba has been a long-time and trusted supplier to Dell for SAS SSDs.”

Dell R730 server front view no backgroundSteve Fingerhut, senior vice president and general manager of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., observes that “With a long-time supplier relationship, we understand Dell’s commitment to high performance for their customers. We’re proud to provide this storage option for Dell’s PowerEdge servers, and the PX04S Series was a natural fit for Dell’s emphasis on quality and reliability.”

Dell_logo-6The PX04S SAS SSD is available today; you can view the PX04S product page here. You can also view the Dell PowerEdge R730 product page here, as well as the Toshiba press release announcing this collaboration in its entirety here.



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    I’m so used to NVMe SSD performance that the enterprise stuff looks real, real slow. How soon til NVMe is a server standard?

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    Anyone remember the automobile Yugo? Yeah, that’s Dell, throwaway servers. Why would anyone spend money putting NAND in them? Ugh…just my opinion of course.

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    > How soon til NVMe is a server standard?

    Be patient: an x16 edge connector can neatly map
    into four NVMe SSDs, but a PLX-type switch chip
    is needed. Also, Intel’s DMI 3.0 link has the same
    upstream bandwidth as a single M.2 SSD.
    Either future DMI links must be wider and/or
    add-in RAID cards need to operate in x16 slots
    controlled directly by the CPU. Vendors are
    working on these problems as we speak e.g.:

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    This card is headed in the right direction, but
    it appears to be a simple “pass-thru” NOT a
    h/w NVMe RAID controller:
    Discussion here:

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