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Dell's PE R920 Big Data Servers Get Samsung's NVMe SSDs

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Targeting solutions requiring low latency, high IOPS and enterprise-class reliability, Samsung Electronics has joined forces with Dell, announcing they are the first in the world to ship a PCIe SSD, a high performance storage device, with Non-Volatile Memory Express. PCIe 1.6 terabyte SSDs using the NVMe protocol are now available in Dell's new PowerEdge R920 server, aimed at big data tasks.

Now available in the Dell PowerEdge R920 server, Samsung's NVMe PCIe SSD features include orderly hot swapping for insertion or removal without halting or restarting the system. Based on MLC NAND flash technology, NAND SSDs have an finite number of program and erase cycles which are monitored closely by Dell PowerEdge software management applications. Dell PowerEdge R920 server users will also note increased performance of their servers due to Samsung's random data write rate of 25 microseconds in the NVMe PCIe SSDs.

Additionally, the 1.6TB, 2.5 inch, SFF-8639 NVMe PCIe SSD sports sequential read speeds of 3,000 megabytes per second, and can process random read data at up to 750,000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations per second). Other SSD storage options, such as SAS 12Gbps Enterprise SSD, will find themselves outrun by the up to three times faster Samsung NVMe PCIe SSD.     

Dell PowerEdge R920Dell PowerEdge R920Samsung noted it has been working closely with Dell to optimize the storage capabilities of the PowerEdge R920. Jim Elliott, corporate vice president, memory and SSD marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, noted Samsung and Dell believe that their "NVMe PCIe SSD provides the best enterprise storage solution, offering ultra-low latency and surpassing the IOPS (input/output operations per second) performance of currently available SSDs.”  He also remarked that “Samsung will continue to take the initiative in accelerating growth of the NVMe PCIe SSD market for green IT investment by providing NVMe PCIe solutions with high performance, density and scalability."

Brian Payne, executive director, Server Solutions, Dell, stated "The Dell PowerEdge R920 is not only our fastest performing server to date but the first in the industry to ship with NVMe PCIe SSDs. This is an important milestone for the NVMe community and we expect it will help facilitate the widespread use of NVMe PCIe SSDs." Brian also noted the capacity to get faster results from the PowerEdge R920 server on the Dell blog, remarking "Applications can perform more transactions in less time, with up to 60 cores of processing power and several significant data access enhancements: like the 8 ultra-high performance, ultra-low latency PCIe Express Flash drives that far surpass the IOPS performance of rotating drives, the new H730P PowerEdge RAID controller (PERC) that doubles the previous cache size and delivers up to 100% more IOPS performance, and the dual PERC capacity that lets customers maximize performance across the larger number of available solid state drives (SSDs)."

Besides marked performance improvements, Samsung's 1.6TB NVMe PCIe SSD "power loss protection" capability ensures that data issued by the host system can be written to storage media without any data loss in the event of a sudden power failure.

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