Toshiba has unveiled a new line of enterprise-grade solid state drives (SSDs) optimised for highly read-intensive workloads such as web servers and media streaming, offering features such as the ability to tune the drive for performance or power saving.
Available immediately, the Toshiba PX04SL Series ships in 2TB and 4TB capacities and has been designed to offer a sustained random read performance of 270,000 input/output operations per second, according to Toshiba.
This sustained random read capability targets read-intensive application workloads such as data warehousing, web servers, media streaming and video on demand, while maintaining high performance, reliability and endurance for maximum scalability, Toshiba said.
Flash-based SSDs have been gaining a foothold in the data centre thanks to their higher performance and lower power consumption than traditional rotating hard disk drives. Until recently, their high price and lower capacities restricted their use to storing only the most 'hot' data, but the cost has fallen significantly in the past few years.
Each PX04SL SSD is delivered in a standard 2.5in enclosure with a 12Gbps SAS host interface for maximum compatibility with existing server hardware, while internally the storage is provided by multi-level cell Nand flash components.
While optimised for read-intensive applications, the PX04SL Series is suitable for workloads calling for no more than half a drive write per day. The family is also equipped with unique features such as the ability to tune the drives for maximum performance or power efficiency. Additional features include power-loss protection and full data path protection.
"The PX04SL joins our exceptional third-generation SAS SSDs and leverages Toshiba's vertical integration and leadership strengths in the growing SSD market," said Martin Larsson, vice president of Toshiba Electronics Europe's Storage Products Division.
The new family of drives has a mean time to failure of two million hours, and is backed by a five-year warranty. The PX04SL Series is also available in self-encrypting drive versions for greater security.
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