Micron announces new enterprise and consumer SSDs

Micron Technology, Inc. today unveiled new SSDs that expand its broad portfolio of drives available to both consumer & enterprise customers.

Micron Technology, Inc. today unveiled new solid-state drives (SSDs) that expand Micron’s broad portfolio of drives available to both consumer and enterprise customers for storing the world’s data. The new Micron 7300 NVMe series and Micron 5300 SATA series of SSDs enable enterprises to modernize, economize and maximize return on their data centre investments. Addressing consumers’ need for mobility, Micron also announced its entry into the consumer portable SSD market with the launch of its Crucial X8 Portable SSD.

“We are excited to introduce these new products that significantly expand our addressable market — with mainstream NVMe SSDs for the datacenter and portable SSDs for consumers — while building on our leadership in enterprise SATA SSDs,” said Sumit Sadana, executive vice president and chief business officer of Micron. “Micron’s growing portfolio of high-value storage solutions are built on industry-leading 3D NAND technology and provides customers with a broad set of options to address their increasing data storage needs.”

Analyst firm IDC forecasts that the world’s data will grow from 33ZB in 2018 to 175ZB in 2025.

Data centres will require higher-performance enterprise-class drives that can sustain heavy workloads to ensure that organizations have faster access to their data. In parallel, growing volumes of data are increasing average capacities in enterprise and consumer drives. The new SSDs deliver on Micron’s commitment to providing differentiated solutions that store data across all market segments and needs, from consumer to cloud.

Micron 7300 NVMe Series SSDs

The Micron 7300 NVMe series of SSDs are designed for workloads that demand high throughput and low latency. They are ideal for commonly used mixed read-write, compute and virtualized tasks such as SQL and NoSQL, for hyper-converged infrastructures, and compute-centric cloud platforms. The use of 96-layer 3D TLC NAND technology brings cost and power efficiencies while the drives offer end-to-end data path protection, power-loss protection, secure firmware and instant secure erase capability.

The 7300 NVMe series comes in a wide variety of form factors, capacities and endurance levels.

The drives will be available for ordering starting in December 2019. The 7300 series of drives complement Micron’s existing data center portfolio, which includes the high-performance 9300 NVMe SSDs announced earlier this year.

Micron 5300 SATA Series SSDs

The new Micron 5300 SATA SSDs allow enterprises to extend their infrastructure investment by enabling an upgrade of their data centres with next-generation SATA drives. The Micron 5300 SSDs are the industry’s first 96-layer 3D TLC enterprise SATA drives with enhanced security.

The new SSDs are optimized for read-intensive and mixed-use workloads while offering the reliability that is 50 per cent higher than the industry average for SATA drives.

The 5300 SATA series of SSDs are available in a range of capacities, from 240GB to 7.68TB.

Crucial X8 Portable SSD for Consumers

The Crucial X8 Portable SSD, introduced by Micron’s industry-leading consumer brand for memory and storage upgrades caters to the ever-expanding need for more storage by consumers, who are capturing more photos and playing larger console and PC games than ever before.

The Crucial X8 portable drive delivers impressive performance in a sleek case. With reading speeds up to 1,050MB/s, the drive performs 1.8 times faster than similar portable SSDs within the same price category and up to 7.5 times faster than portable hard drives. The Crucial X8 is compatible with a variety of devices, including PCs, Macs, PS4s, XBOX Ones, iPad Pros, Chromebooks and select Android devices.

Crucial’s award-winning SSDs undergo thousands of hours of Micron prerelease validation and extensive SSD qualification testing before market release. The drive is drop-proof up to 7.5 feet. Crucial X8 is backed by a three-year limited warranty and immediately available for ordering in capacities up to 1TB at and through select global partners.

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