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The business environment is constantly evolving, with many organisations experiencing growth and change at speed. Modern businesses are incredibly fast-paced, and rich with data and masses of information, so business IT is having to handle more with greater efficiency and resilience than ever before. The inherently data-intensive nature of businesses combined with increasing user demands, means data centres must evolve along with each company as it grows.

To support this, technologies – such as faster ethernet and multicore servers — are reducing latency in data centres. Another method to reduce latency is to upgrade the storage, and so, there has been a significant rise in organisations replacing traditional HDDs with faster, more reliable Solid-State Drives (or SSDs) in their servers to achieve greater performance.

Increased performance

You’ve probably heard of the benefits of SSDs in laptops and PCs, however, the performance you can experience is even more dramatic with SSDs connected directly to your server’s PCIe bus via NVMe. NVMe helps to bring your storage I/O closer to the system processor for both faster performance and lower average latency. This means speedier response times and a quicker, more efficient server network. NVMe SSDs can clock in at 700,000 random 4K read I/OPS. With the growing number of servers capable of keeping these NVMe SSDs busy with demanding workloads, application performance and outputs can quickly and easily be increased by replacing HDDs with much faster NVMe SSDs.

Enhanced energy efficiency

In the current environmental climate, businesses are expected to improve the sustainability of their operations, so energy consumption is an important consideration when choosing a drive type. Although NVMe SSDs draw a higher maximum energy load compared to 15,000 RPM HDDs – 25 watts and 7.2 watts respectively – a single NVMe SSD can replace several HDDs. Consider a server equipped with 50 HDDs; those drives would draw a huge 360 watts on average. Double the array and you’re averaging a massive 720 watts.

However, the same server would need a fraction of the amount NVMe SSDs, meaning the potential to significantly reducte your energy use for that storage platform. Not only does this help lower the amount of power you’re using but helps deliver cost savings.

Cost savings

As well as saving money through greater energy efficient, SSDs deliver cost savings through productivity and performance. Despite higher initial costs, PCIe NVMe SSDs provide more useful work per pound spent, which means more money saved. When performance is the primary driver, the metric to consider should be cost per IOPS. This helps to display the value that SSDs deliver when they’re doing what they do best: quickly storing and delivering data to applications. That is why the initial investment can be misleading — because cost per gigabyte does not factor in performance advantages.

Micron 9300 series of NVMe™ SSDs

From silicon to system, Micron creates the memory and flash storage that power the data centre and make your workloads faster, more reliable, more efficient, and more cost-effective. With this in mind, and the fact that NVMe™ SSDs have sizable performance and cost benefits over SAS hard drives, it’s time to upgrade and start reaping the benefits that Micron NVMe™ SSDs have to offer.

Micron 9300 series NVMe™ SSDs deliver industry-leading sequential write performance so there’s no need to make no read or write compromises, with some of the fastest random write latency and consistent read and write speeds of 3.5 GB/s. Optimised for workloads when microseconds matter – caching, database acceleration, OLTP, high frequency trading, block/object stores, and training/caching for AI and machine learning – the Micron® 9300 SSD adds IOPS to your balance sheet.

  • Fewer drives to achieve more: Drastically lower your licensing and power consumption costs, whilst saving on valuable rack and floor space.
  • Performance where it matters: Experience industry-leading sequential write performance with the lowest average write latency on the market.
  • Optimised for performance-critical workloads: Caching, database acceleration, OLTP, high frequency trading, block and object stores, and training/caching for AI and machine learning.
  • Features giving you peace of mind: Includes AES 256-bit encryption, crypto erase, end-to-end data path protection, enterprise power loss protection and up to 32 NVMe namespaces for efficient capacity utilisation.

To find out more about how Micron 9300 series NVMe™ SSDs from Stone can help increase performance and efficiency in your organisation while delivering cost savings, contact us today.

Also why not check out our webinar discussing how you can upgrade your old SAS HDDs to the latest NVMe SSDs to reap performance and cost benefits for you organisation.

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