Kingston, known for making all sorts of computer and consumer electronics hardware ranging from power supply units to compact flash cards, has announced a new SSD (Solid State Drive) aimed at enterprise users.
The new drive, called the SSDNow E100, offers a 10x improvement in endurance and reliability when compared to regular SSDs. The drive has a MTBF rated at 10 million hours.
Endurance and reliability increases are due to a number of factors. Kingston uses proprietary DuraClass technology for data integrity protection, RAISE for data reliability, and DuraWrite technology for write endurance. The E100 also features power fail support that makes use of Tantalum capacitors to ensure that existing writes are committed and/or retired in the event of power loss to prevent data loss.
Kingston also claims that the SSDNow E100 dramatically reduced the physical footprint of enterprise storage, not only because the 2.5-inch drive is smaller than regular 3.5-inch hard drives, but also because fewer SSDs are needed, compared to hard drives.
“The drive’s higher endurance and reliability, along with higher IOPS make it an integral part of a datacenter where uninterrupted 24/7 operation is mission critical,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager at Kingston.
In tests carried out by Kingston, the company found that by replacing an enterprise solution with a server and an external chassis housing 24 hard drives including one containing six internal SSDs, the total database performance was increased by 91.8 percent. On top of that, the power consumption was 51 percent less with SSDs than with the hard drives and performance-per-Watt was increased by 184 percent.
The SSDNow E100 drives are available immediately and come in 100GB, 200GB, and 400GB capacities. All have a three-year warranty.
No pricing information was available at the time of writing.