First 176-layer NAND SATA SSD for data centres

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Micron Technology is shipping the world’s first 176-layer NAND SATA SSD designed for data centre workloads.

The company’s 5400 SATA SSD is said to be the most advanced data centre SATA SSD currently available. Built on a proven 11th generation SATA architecture, it enables broad use cases, delivers significantly better performance than traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), and extends the life of SATA platforms.

“Micron is positioned to lead the SATA market with 176-layer NAND,” said Alvaro Toledo, vice president and general manager of Data Center Storage at Micron. “This cutting-edge NAND enables long-term availability of SATA SSDs while extending a trusted architecture that speeds and simplifies customer qualifications.”

The Micron 5400 allows data centre operators to install new servers or upgrade existing servers while continuing to use the SATA interface. Customers can continue to get more from their SATA servers with enough performance to saturate typical network bandwidth.

The Micron 5400 SSD features an established, stable SATA architecture and Micron has shipped nearly 20 million units built on the SATA architecture, which continues to be widely used in data centres. The 5400 SSD provides an alternative to lower capacity 10K and 7.2K SATA HDDs.

“Enterprise SATA customers’ SSD demand is expected to remain strong through at least 2026, when I project it will still be over 26EB," said Greg Wong, principal analyst at Forward Insights. "This announcement reinforces Micron and its OEM partners’ commitment to support this critical segment for years to come.”

Users of the Micron 5400 SSD can benefit from reduced downtime, more usable life per drive, and fewer failures than is the case with many other SATA SSDs, according to Micron.

The 5400 SSD also boasts 50% more data sheet endurance than other leading SATA SSDs and that extra endurance will allow customers to extend the life of their servers, improving the return on investment and decreasing the total cost of ownership of their SATA SSD-based platforms.

The Micron 5400 SSD is shipping to customers and partners now.