Samsung begins mass production of SSDs for hyperscale data centers

Tech conglomerate Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of its most advanced line of data center chips.

Dubbed the PM9A3, the SSD is built with the company’s sixth-generation V-NAND memory technology, a cell layer stacking method that increases the volume of data a chip is capable of carrying. PM9A3 has a sequential write speed of 3000MB/s, a 40 percent higher random read speed of 750,000 IOPS and a 150 percent higher random write speed of 160,000 IOPS.

Input/output per second (IOPS) is the measurement unit for how fast SSDs and hard drives are able to read and process data.

In terms of write speed, the chip is also 50 percent more energy efficient compared to its predecessors at 283MB/s per watt, making it highly suitable for modern data center facilities that place emphasis on green, renewable sources.

Why are SSDs so important?

SSDs form the core of a high capacity data center. Exponential cloud and 5G growth on a global scale means a demand for more data centers due to a need to store higher volumes of data, and this means a need for more powerful SSDs.

“Wider 5G deployment and accelerating growth in IoT devices are fuelling a hyperconnected lifestyle, driving the demand for more sophisticated hyperscale data centers,” said Cheolmin Park, Vice President of Memory Product Planning at Samsung.

“Providing an optimal mix of performance, power, reliability and firmware, we believe our new PM9A3 will help advance today’s data center storage technologies and expand the market for OCP-compliant SSDs.” he added.

On top of that, the PM9A3 is equipped with security features including user data encryption and authentication, and secure boot and anti-rollback mechanisms to block out unauthorised malware and ensure robust data protection.

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IBM and Samsung join forces to spur cloud and 5G development

IBM and Samsung have signed an agreement that will see both tech giants collaborate on hybrid cloud, 5G, and edge computing to steer towards the Industry 4.0 Revolution and encourage digital transformation.

Samsung will be combining its signature Galaxy 5G mobile devices, and end-to-end enterprise network solutions with IBM’s network management hybrid cloud and edge computing offerings.

“The move to standalone 5G has accelerated the adoption of Industrial IoT solutions and will require businesses to adopt an edge computing strategy that allows them to manage their IT environments from anywhere,” said KC Choi, EVP and Head of Global Mobile B2B Team for the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.

IBM and Samsung’s collaboration will be built on Red Hat’s open architecture. IBM acquired the open source software company in 2018 for $34 billion.

“We are excited to work with IBM to discover how our unique devices, mobile IoT and network solutions can provide frontline workers with access to better data and more actionable insights to take their business to the next level.” Mr. Choi added.

Both companies plan to set out to lend their expertise to develop private 5G networks, which will also be built on Red Hat via the company’s flagship open source container application platform, OpenShift.

“The transition of communication networks from proprietary architecture to intelligent, software-defined hybrid cloud platforms enables the creation of enormous new value in the 5G and edge era,” said Steve Canepa, Global GM and Managing Director of IBM’s Communications Sector.

The goal of the partnership is to leverage hybrid cloud solutions, which will enable enterprises to draw greater insights from data at the edge, improving operational performance, increasing worker safety, and minimising downtime.

“5G devices and network solutions from Samsung, along with IBM and Red Hat’s open, hybrid cloud capabilities, can help organisations across all industries accelerate their transformation and solve real business problems, while unlocking the true power of 5G and edge,” added Mr. Canepa.

Samsung, IBM, and Red Hat also plan to deliver AI-powered solutions for Industry 4.0 and beyond by leveraging the power of 5G devices, cloud-native 5G networks, and advanced edge computing platforms.

Samsung reveals new NAND flash facility to address data center demands in South Korea

Samsung Electronics today revealed plans for a new NAND flash facility in South Korea to meet growing data center demands.

The construction in Pyeongtaek, South Korea will expand Samsung’s NAND flash production capacity, paving the way for mass production of their V-NAND memory in the second half of 2021.

“The new investment reaffirms our commitment to sustain undisputed leadership in memory technologies, even in uncertain times”, said Cheol Choi, Executive Vice President of Memory Global Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics.

Samsung, the world leader in NAND flash memory for the last 18 years, expects the facility will help to address the mid and long-term demands for NAND flash memory. This is particularly important in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, fuelled by artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and 5G expansion globally and in South Korea.

Cheol Choi added: “We will continue to serve the market with the most optimised solutions available, while contributing to growth of the overall IT industry and the economy in general.”

Samsung’s sixth generation V-NAND SSD, a recent flash storage innovation, features the industry’s fastest data transfer rate to assist the smartphone and data center market.

The new facility will add to the existing NAND production lines by Samsung, including two of the world’s largest at their Pyeongtaek Campus as well as one in Hwaseong, South Korea, and Xi’an in China.

What is NAND flash memory and how can it help data centers?

NAND, short for NOT AND in boolean speak, is the most common type of flash memory technology that doesn’t require power to retain data, as it uses a metal-oxide semiconductor to provide extra charge to the memory cell when there is no power.

NAND can be found in Solid State Drives, USB flash drives and SD cards. Solid State Drives in data centers are becoming increasingly common in place of hard disk drives to store and serve data due to the decreasing costs of flash memory.

SSDs are typically faster, smaller, use less energy and have no moving parts, unlike HHDs. The advantage of NAND flash within an SSD is that it can erase and write data in less time, allows for greater storage capacity, and radiates less heat and consumes less power than other technology.

Keeping up with South Korea’s demand for data centers

The demand for data centers is continuing to grow in South Korea due to the adoption of more cloud services as well as the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Almost 90% of the country’s population has internet access and it is a valuable connection point to the rest of Asia for local and global businesses, making South Korea the perfect place to expand data center operations.

In 2021, Digital Realty, a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, is set to open the first carrier-neutral data center in Seoul.

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