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Micron launches first QLC solid-state drive

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Micron Technology has unveiled the world's first QLC solid-state drive (SSD), the Micron 5210, based on its advanced QLC NAND technology that is now replacing legacy hard disk drives (HDDs).

From SQL and NoSQL databases to big data and analytics, object stores and vSAN capacity tiers, an increasing number of customers are using NAND flash on performance-sensitive workloads that used to rely on HDDs.

Supplanting 10K HDDs, the Micron 5210 is able to deliver 175 times faster random reads, 30 times faster random writes, two times more sequential throughput, and, according to the company, three times more energy efficiency than the largest 10K RPM HDDs.

“The robust adoption of the Micron 5210 SSD since launching two years ago is indicative of the rise of QLC technology in the data centre,” said Roger Peene, vice president of marketing for Storage Business Unit at Micron. “The emerging QLC data centre category is providing customers with benefits ranging from more speed and lower latencies to significant power savings and competitive economics.”

The adoption by original equipment manufacturers (OEM) is accelerating the industry’s transition from HDDs to QLC SSDs in general-purpose server workloads, improving performance, reliability and power consumption.

“The QLC wear-optimisation technology engineered into Micron’s SSDs can enable customers to safely leverage SSDs for many of their workloads, addressing an important customer need as performance and capacity demands grow,” explained John Donovan, executive director of Data Center Infrastructure at Lenovo Data Center Group. “Micron’s 5210 QLC SSDs are available today on Lenovo’s ThinkSystem solution portfolio.”

As workloads evolve to meet growing demands for real-time data insights and analytics, data centres need the steady-state speed, capacity, efficiency and reliability that enterprise flash storage can provide.

High-density Micron QLC NAND flash media are able to achieve densities of one terabit on a single chip, providing the platform continuity of SATA, but with the speed of QLC NAND.