Samsung commences mass production of data centre SSD

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Samsung Electronics has begun the mass production of its latest line of data centre SSDs, the PM9A3 E1.S.

The company said the new PM9A3 fully complies with the Open Compute Project (OCP) NVMe Cloud SSD Specification to satisfy the demands of enterprise workloads.

Defined by data centre providers including Facebook, the OCP Specification is a set of unified interoperable standards, enabling SSD vendors to work toward next-generation storage designs.

“Wider 5G deployment and accelerating growth in IoT devices are fueling a hyperconnected lifestyle, driving the demand for more sophisticated hyperscale data centres,” said Cheolmin Park, vice president of Memory Product Planning at Samsung Electronics.

“Providing an optimal mix of performance, power, reliability and firmware, we believe our new PM9A3 will help advance today’s data centre storage technologies and expand the market for OCP-compliant SSDs.”

The PM9A3 is set to improve performance over the fifth-generation V-NAND-based PM983a (M.2), with double the sequential write speed at 3000MB/s, which is a 40% higher random read speed of 750K IOPS and 150% higher random writes at 160K IOPS.

“Innovations such as the OCP NVMe Cloud SSD and E1.S are important to solving today’s data centre challenges,” said Ross Stenfort, Hardware Storage Engineer at Facebook.

“The OCP NVMe Cloud SSD Specification defines hyperscale SSD requirements, enabling SSD makers to provide leading-edge products that meet the challenging demands of hyperscale environments.

“Deploying storage at scale is very challenging and Samsung’s support for next-generation industry-leading technologies such as the OCP NVMe Cloud SSD and EDSFF E1.S is a great step forward.”

The PM9A3 also provides power efficiency at 283MB/s per watt for sequential writes, making it nearly 50% more energy-efficient than the previous generation’s 188MB/s per watt, the company revealed.

The PM9A3 also comes in nine power levels to suit a diverse range of SSD form factors and interfaces — from 8.25 watts for the M.2 form factor to 35W for newer form factors such as EDSFF.

Samsung said it will continue to work closely with its data centre partners to standardise advanced storage technologies and facilitate the development of more memory solutions.