Micron Releases Industry's First QLC NAND Enterprise SATA SSDs

By Floyd GoodrichJune 26, 2018

Micron® Technology, Inc., a global leader in innovative memory solutions, has recently announced the industry's first solid-state drive (SSD) built on futuristic QLC (Quad-Level Cell) NAND technology.

The first ever QLC-based 5210 ION SSD was unveiled at Micron's 2018 Analyst and Investor Event, where the SSD was tested on various parameters like capacity, performance, cost-effectiveness, and reliability.

The company’s new 5210 enterprise SATA SSDs, offering 33% more-bit density than TLC (Triple-Level Cell) NAND, provide a higher capacity, low-cost storage option that expeditiously addresses read-intensive cloud storage needs of business intelligence, big data, AI, and database systems.

What is a Quad-Level Cell (QLC) NAND SSD?

As of now, the Quad-Level Cell is touted as the “densest SSD cell ever.” Being the densest, QLC-based solid-state storage devices enable speedy access and analysis of read-centric data stores, while cutting down the overall cost of operation.

The 5210 ION SSD, built on Micron’s leading-edge 64-layer 3D eQLC NAND technology, integrates high-grade feature sets that lower server sprawl by packing more performance into fewer racks. This allows data centres to save on power, as well as cooling costs.

Optimized for AI, Big-Data, and the Cloud

Micron's high-performance QLC-based 5210 enterprise SATA SSD, available in a small form factor of 2.5-inch, is optimized for read-intensive operations, which leverages significant advantages within AI, machine learning, big-data, predictive analytics, and cloud ecosystems. The key application areas targeted are analytics and content delivery, especially, cloud and web-scale operations.

The benefits of QLC-based 5210 ION SSDs were distinctly visible in a collaboration between Micron Technology and Chinese search engine giant Baidu. As stated in a recent press release, the collaboration with Micron helped Baidu provide exceptional user experience to its customers through first-rate cloud and AI services.

Improved Component Density

The enhanced component density of Quad-Level Cell (QLC) NAND offers an even more cost-effective option on a per gigabyte basis, as compared to the previous generation Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND technology.

According to industry experts, this will draw a substantial attention of business enterprises, especially data centres, who are eager to increase capacity and lower their costs for heavy data-related operations such as cloud, AI, predictive analytics, and machine learning.

Micron Challenging the Storage Market

Though SSDs have been out there for some time, still, the HDD market was relatively unchallenged, said Nicolas Maigne, Senior Partner Management Manager, Cloud & Enterprise Storage, ‎Micron Technology. Until now, the market has favoured traditional HDD storage primarily due to the performance/price trade-off, but with the release of next-generation Quad-Level Cell NAND, the market will dramatically open up to embrace SSDs in large scale.

There will be increased adoption because QLC-based enterprise SATA SSDs emerge as a clear winner when compared side by side with traditional 7200 RPM HDD storage systems, particularly in contexts like power consumption, cost, the ability to store per 2U chassis, and optimization for read-centric data stores.

The 5210 ION SSD Is Already Here!

Micron Technology has started shipping the all-new QLC-based 5210 ION SSD drives. This marks the beginning of a new era in SSD density, capability, performance, and reliability, which will inspire the storage industry to push the boundaries of innovation even further. Please visit - https://www.micron.com/products/advanced-solutions/qlc-nand - to learn more about Micron’s revolutionary QLC-based 5210 enterprise SATA SSDs. Or, you can also contact our WPGA Storage Specialist for more info.