Smart Modular 2.5-inch SAS SSD loaded with up to 1.6TB of space

Space or speed? I guess you don’t really need to choose anymore, so long as price is no object. For instance, you can take a look at the new Optimus solid state drive from Smart Modular Technologies. This “Enterprise Grade” drive uses a native Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface for up to 6Gb/s. The kicker? You can get up to 1.6TB of usable capacity and it will cost a small fortune.

Smart Modular is saying that this drive is both the highest capacity and the fastest SAS multi-level cell (MLC) solid state drive on the market. You want fast? It has read/write speeds of up to 100K/50K random IOPS and up to 500MB/s sustained transfer rates for both read and write. What more could you ask for? That’s space and speed in one.

If you don’t need the full 1.6TB, they’re also planning on doing 200GB, 400GB, and 800GB variants, all of which are said to offer the same blazing fast speeds. You can imagine what it’d be like if you plunked these into your favorite notebook. The scary part is that they left out the price on the press release. Based on how SSD prices are going, you probably know why the price wasn’t there.


SMART Modular Technologies Releases World’s Fastest Multi-Level Cell and Highest Capacity SAS SSD

SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. (“SMART” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SMOD), a leading independent manufacturer of solid-state storage products and memory modules, today announced the Optimus solid-state drive (SSD) for enterprise storage applications. Featuring a native Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 6Gb/s interface and up to 1.6TB usable capacity, Optimus is the industry’s highest capacity and fastest(1) SAS multi-level cell (MLC) SSD. Delivering high performance, endurance, and reliability, the cost-effective Optimus SSD satisfies the demands of I/O intensive, web-facing, and cloud-based applications in today’s IT infrastructure.

Optimus was developed using SMART’s extensive experience in flash technology, SAS firmware, and enterprise storage. SMART’s world-class manufacturing and accomplished enterprise organization ensures that the Optimus SSD, as well as SMART’s business and support processes, will meet the needs of the most demanding enterprise storage customers.

Available in 200GB, 400GB, 800GB, and 1.6TB usable capacities, the new 2.5″ SAS SSD features industry-leading(1) read/write speeds of 100K/50K random IOPS and 500/500MB/s sustained transfer rates. The Optimus SSD also includes support for wide-port SAS capability, providing up to 1GB/s sustained read performance in applications equipped to support this advanced feature. It is designed to deliver these impressive performance numbers consistently across any data type over the life of the product.

“A product that combines enhanced endurance, high capacity, and high performance at a good value would cause a dramatic shift in how storage is deployed, and it would help to drive the adoption of SSDs in the enterprise,” notes Joe Unsworth, Research Director, NAND Flash and SSD, Gartner.

The new Optimus SSD incorporates Guardian technology, a comprehensive suite of innovative proprietary features comprised of FlashGuard™, DataGuard™, and EverGuard™ technologies. FlashGuard technology delivers industry-leading flash management capabilities, ensuring that the Optimus SSD can be used in mainstream, enterprise storage workloads throughout its warranted 5-year period. Incorporating Aggregated Flash Management and Advanced Signal Processing technologies, FlashGuard extracts higher endurance characteristics out of MLC flash, allowing SMART to offer Optimus SSDs with a comprehensive 5-year warranty at usage rates up to 10 full device-writes per day. DataGuard and EverGuard technologies ensure that data integrity and drive reliability are never compromised, satisfying the demanding requirements of Tier-1 enterprise storage applications. Additionally, Optimus features full T10 DIF support and TCG enterprise encryption, resulting in an optimal blend of endurance, performance, reliability, and value.

“The Optimus SSD is a game changer. By leveraging MLC flash memory and SMART’s unique IP, we provide the industry’s highest performance and highest capacity enterprise-class MLC SSD at a value point that we expect will accelerate SSD adoption in the enterprise,” said John Scaramuzzo, SMART’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage Business Unit. “Satisfying the needs of an enterprise storage customer takes more than just an industry-leading product, it also requires a seasoned team with experience in the enterprise storage business. SMART is perfectly positioned to satisfy all of these needs.”

The SMART Optimus SSD will be featured at the Flash Memory Summit, August 9 through 11, 2011 in Santa Clara, CA in booth #400. The new SSDs will begin sampling in September 2011. For additional information on SMART’s new Optimus SSDs, visit www.smartm.com.


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