Micron ups endurance, capacity of SSDs to meet data center demand

Micron ships M500DC SATA SSDs with capacities from 120GB to 800GB, priced at $1 per gigabyte

Micron's M500DC SATA SSD

Micron's M500DC SATA SSD

As data centers demand faster and faster storage, Micron is answering the call with long-lasting, solid-state drives that offer up to 800GB of capacity.

Micron's M500DC SATA SSDs are priced at US$1 per gigabyte and come in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 800GB. The SSDs will come in standard drive sizes of 1.8 inches (5 millimeters) and 2.5 inches (7 mm) and can be plugged into multiple bays.

Servers are increasingly using SSDs, which are essentially power-efficient and faster versions of hard drives. Meanwhile, hard drives are moving to the back end of data centers for more long-term storage.

SSDs are now being widely used as temporary storage and cache for faster processing of applications like databases and analytics. But companies also want SSDs that can last a long time in data centers. Micron claims its drives can achieve two "drive fills per day for five years," while also providing performance and power efficiency.

The SSDs provide random read performance of 63,000 to 65,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) and write performance of 23,000 to 35,000 IOPS, according to Micron's benchmarks. The sequential read performance clocks in at 425MBps (megabytes per second) and write fluctuates from 200MBps to 375MBps, depending on the drive. The sequential performance gets better as the drive's capacity increases.

The drives are for slots based on the SATA storage protocol. These drives will not be based on the emerging NVMe (non-volatile memory express) protocol, which is faster and involves plugging SSDs into faster PCI-Express slots. The first data-center SSDs based on NVMe started coming out last year, and Samsung's 1.6-terabyte (TB) NVMe SSD is now being used in Dell's PowerEdge R920 server.

NVMe is on the road map for Micron, and the M500DC SSDs are geared toward different customers, a Micron spokeswoman said in an email. The new SATA SSDs provide performance, enterprise features and endurance at a competitive price, the spokeswoman said.

The new drives are MLC (multilevel cell) SSDs, in which multiple bits are stored in cells. The drives are available through Micron's distribution partners.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags storageSSDmicron technologyDrives

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?