Micron Said to Have 6Gb SATA SSD With « Industry-Leading 8TB Capacity »

Model 5100 Series Enterprise built on 3D NAND
This is a Press Release edited by on 2016.12.07

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Micron Technology, Inc. introduced the Enterprise 5100 Series SATA SSD family, enabling future-focused storage platforms to meet the demands of performance, capacity and enterprise reliability.

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 With an industry-leading 8TB capacity, the series helps manage the data deluge created by today's diverse digital universe with performance characteristics tailored to manage the data tsunami.

  • Better QoS - Efficient QoS, delivering up to 99% better QoS than spinning media[i] - reducing mission-critical data delays.
  • Unmatched Capacity - Satisfying a range of capacity demands - up to 8TB. Industry-leading SATA capacity - 2X that of the nearest SSD manufacturer.
  • Application Performance - Engineered for high-performance - 74k random writes. Tunable drive performance and endurance within Micron's integrated FlexPro firmware architecture.
  • Better TCO - Enhancing Micron's enterprise storage offerings, the 5100 Series SSDs help deliver optimised TCO and better data centre efficiency through server and storage platform consolidation, enabling reduced IT costs.

"Micron is uniquely positioned to help IT embrace modernisation and agility, and leading enterprise and cloud data centres look to Micron for breadth and depth in solid state storage solutions to tame a diverse digital universe," Darren Thomas, VP of storage, Micron. "Our Micron 5100 Series SATA SSDs featuring FlexPro architecture offer a seamless migration path with enterprise reliability and proven ROI, ensuring flexibility, continuity and agility for data management today and tomorrow."
Full Product Line Designed to Meet Your Needs
Built on Micron's 3D NAND technology, the 5100 Series offers three models, each designed to satisfy the variation of customer workloads: read-intensive, latency-sensitive mixed-use and write-intensive logging applications.
Micron 5100 ECO: Cloud services focused, optimised for content sharing (video and media streaming).  Performance and endurance characteristics for consistent data throughput and fast information delivery.

Micron 5100 PRO: Excels in consistent performance delivery for latency-sensitive applications. Enhances bottom line through better response times (e.g., databases powering e-commerce, trading transactions, etc.)

Micron 5100 MAX: Meet demand of mission-critical data centre. Agility and flexibility to respond easily and effectively.

Flex Your Storage Muscles
In addition to faster speeds and feeds, enterprise SSDs must provide advanced management and optimisation tools to help fully utilise their capabilities and maximise lifespan.
To that end, the company has introduced FlexPro firmware architecture, paving the way for customers to future-proof their storage investment. It unifies design elements across all Micron's data centre SSDs and unleashes the true capabilities of the storage media, enabling IT managers to tune specific drive features (capacity, security, endurance, power, data layout, data clean-up and performance).
FlexPro firmware architecture features first available in the 5100 SATA Series:
Flex Capacity Feature
Enables customers to tune 5100 capacity to deliver application and workload-optimised performance. Administrators save time and money with the flexibility to repurpose drives and servers for different kinds of workload traffic and application needs.
Flex Security Feature
Security features to protect valuable data from unauthorised access. Helps address enterprise security concerns with data protection and encryption (AES-256 bit encryption, TCG-enterprise protection in a FIPS-validated SATA SSD with zero performance impact.
"The new Micron 5100 family of SSDs provide a perfect option to replace HDD storage, delivering a cost-optimised solution to handle diverse workloads while meeting ever-present IT budget constraints," said Alexey Stolyar, development director, International Computer Concepts, Inc. "We're pleased to partner with Micron to support our customers who are seeking storage and computing technologies of the highest quality."
"Micron's new 5100 SSD family is a good fit for Linux-based cloud and HPC solutions, giving IT pros a new choice for agile and efficient data centre deployments," said Silicon Mechanics, Inc.'s CMO Sue Lewis. "The 5100 Series SATA SSDs deliver the capacity, performance and consistency requested by our customers as they look solve the challenges of price, performance, and scalability."  
"Enterprise data centres are pressed more than ever to modernise legacy IT while having infrastructure agility," said Greg Wong, founder and principal analyst, Forward Insights. "Storage is a strategic investment in delivering agility and Micron is positioned to take advantage of denser data centres with the compact design, speed and capacity of their new SSDs."

[i]  The Micron 5100 MAX 960GB SSD was measured against a competing 12Gb SAS 15,000rpm 600GB HDDs. Performed on Intel Core i7-4790K@4.0GHz, Asus Maximum VII GENE motherboard, CentOS 6.5 64-bit, FIO 2.2.6, workload - 4KB block size, 100% read, 100% random, queue depth 32, 99.999% QoS.

Our Comments

Micron stated that its new 6Gb SATA Model 5100 Series reach "industry-leading 8TB capacity", "2X that of the nearest SSD manufacturer."

It's true that biggest SSD vendors including Intel, Samsung, Seagate, Toshiba or WD didn't offer this capacity for their 6Gb SATA drives but at least three other manufacturers already launches devices at 8TB and even more for Fixstars (13TB), all of them in 2.5-inch form factor (see table below.)

With SAS interface, the record is an SSD at 15.36TB by Samsung, currently the largest capacity SSD available.

The former Micron 100 SATA culminates at 2TB.

Sampling, the Micron 5100 offers in a 7mm-high volume between 240GB and more precisely 7.68TB with R/W performance of 540/520MB/s and 93,000/31,000 IO/s with a Marvell controller. 4TB and 8TB units will be available next February.

Price is a main spec for SSD, but Micron didn't give us any figure, even a price range. The only information published is that the TCO of the 7.68TB 5100 ECO is $65,000 for 5 years, compared to $165,277 for a 600GB 10,000rpm HDD, considering SDD needs much less drives (22 vs. 240).

IM Flash Technologies LLC with 15,000 people. It's a joint venture between Intel (49%) and Micron (51%) that makes NAND flash memory. According to a representative of Micron, the company is mass producing 3D NAND flash memory in Micron's facility in Singapore  where half of the production is actually dedicated to 3D. IMFT has a site in Lehi, UT. He also said that future generation of 3D XPoint technology (Optane) will happen in 2018. 

Highest capacity 6Gb SATA SSDs

Manufacturer Fixstars Foremay Integral Memory Micron
Model and link to product
1000M/1300M  SVR-PRO 100 SRI  Enterprise 5100
Announced in 2016 2014 2016 2016
Form factor 2.5 15mm  2.5 2.5 5mm  2.5 7mm
Capacity  10-13TB  4-8TB  3.2-8TB  0.240-7.68TB
Transfer rate (R/W)  550/540MB/s  500/500MB/s 551/517MB/s  540/520MB/s
Interface 6Gb SATA 6Gb SATA 6Gb SATA 6Gb SATA
Flash NAND used 15nm MLC  NA HLNAND MLC 3D TLC