Samsung, the world's largest seller of NAND flash-based storage, said Dec. 21 that it has been sampling 100GB, 200GB and 400GB multi-level-cell (MLC) solid state drives for use as primary storage in enterprise storage systems.
Virtually all primary storage in enterprise systems currently is contained in DRAM cache or hard disk drives, so this marks a milestone of sorts for the SSD and NAND flash industries.
Samsung claimed that the new drives can process random read commands at about 43,000 input/outputs per second (IOPS) and provide random writes at 11,000 IOPS.
These speeds, as expected in most SSDs, blow conventional hard drives out of the water. Standard 15K RPM HDDs provide a rate of about 350 IOPS; thus the new SSDs -- at least in benchmark research --offer a 120X gain in random IOPS read performance and a 30X gain in random IOPS write performance.