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Move beyond SATA SSDs and win with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and value SAS and data center NVMe SSDs from KIOXIA

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Server performance can affect your whole business. If the drives in your servers can’t handle heavy workloads, your business might not be able to support its growing customer base—limiting its ability to generate more revenue. Add the longer response times slower drives can cause, and you might increase customer dissatisfaction, potentially losing you customers and revenue.

SATA SSDs, once embraced by enterprises as an affordable flash storage option, haven’t increased their transfer speeds in over ten years.1 According to the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), there are no plans to extend SATA bandwidth beyond its current 6Gb/s transfer rate.2 Is it time for your business to consider life after SATA?

RM5 Series value SAS SSDs and CD5 Series data center NVMe SSDs from KIOXIA offer both faster transfer speeds and roadmaps that extend beyond SATA SSDs. We pitted these drives from KIOXIA against enterprise SATA SSDs in four studies using Dell EMC PowerEdge solutions. Two of our studies measured database analytics performance, while two tested transactional database performance:

  • Database analytics workloads
    • Dell EMC PowerEdge R840
    • Dell EMC PowerEdge R6515
  • Transactional database workloads
    • Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd
    • Dell EMC PowerEdge MX-based VMware vSAN cluster
Image showing servers: Dell EMC PowerEdge R840, R74xd, MX740c, and R6517

Across every configuration and study, the drives from KIOXIA, together with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, outperformed the enterprise SATA SSDs.

This storage performance could benefit your business in multiple ways:

  • Support more users, enabling your business to expand its customer base and access new revenue sources
    • A Dell EMC PowerEdge R840 server with CD5 Series data center NVMe SSDs processed 137% more operations per second than a configuration with SATA SSDs
    • A Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd server with CD5 Series data center NVMe SSDs provided up to 115% more transactions per second than a configuration with SATA SSDs
  • Maintain fast response times, which keeps customers happy even during periods of peak activity and prevents user drop-off on e-commerce platforms
    • A Dell EMC PowerEdge R840 MX-based VMware vSAN cluster with RM5 Series value SAS SSDs responded in 49% less time than a configuration with SATA SSDs
  • Reach important business insights sooner with faster data analysis
    • A Dell EMC PowerEdge R6515 server with CD5 Series data center NVMe SSDs handled queries in 59% less time than a configuration with SATA SSDs
  • Get a better return on your investment
  • In all four studies, configurations using RM5 Series value SAS SSDs and CD5 Series data center NVMe SSDs provided a better performance-per-dollar ratio than the same configuration with SATA SSDs, up to 132%

Read the reports for each study to learn how Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and RM5 Series value SAS and CD5 Series data center NVMe SSDs from KIOXIA could help your business discover life after SATA:

This blog was commissioned by KIOXIA.

1 – The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) last announced a doubling of maximum transfer speeds on SATA (from 3Gp/s to 6Gp/s) in August 2008. “New SATA Spec Will Double Data Transfer Speeds to 6 Gb/s,” accessed June 19, 2019, https://sata-io.org/system/files/member-downloads/SATA_6Gb_Phy_PR_Finalv2.pdf.

2 – SATA-IO, “SATA-IO Frequently Asked Questions,” accessed June 19, 2019, https://sata-io.org/sata-io-frequently-asked-questions.

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