Kingston debuts enterprise-class SSDNow E100 SSD

Kingston debuts enterprise-class SSDNow E100 SSD

Summary: Kingston's new SSDNow E100 SSD offers a 10x improvement in endurance and reliability when compared to regular SSDs, a MTBF rated at 10 million hours, and promises increased performance and decreased power consumption.


Kingston, known for making all sorts of computer and consumer electronics hardware ranging from power supply units to compact flash cards, has announced a new SSD (Solid State Drive) aimed at enterprise users.

The new drive, called the SSDNow E100, offers a 10x improvement in endurance and reliability when compared to regular SSDs. The drive has a MTBF rated at 10 million hours.

Endurance and reliability increases are due to a number of factors. Kingston uses proprietary DuraClass technology for data integrity protection, RAISE for data reliability, and DuraWrite technology for write endurance. The E100 also features power fail support that makes use of Tantalum capacitors to ensure that existing writes are committed and/or retired in the event of power loss to prevent data loss.

Kingston also claims that the SSDNow E100 dramatically reduced the physical footprint of enterprise storage, not only because the 2.5-inch drive is smaller than regular 3.5-inch hard drives, but also because fewer SSDs are needed, compared to hard drives.

"The drive's higher endurance and reliability, along with higher IOPS make it an integral part of a datacenter where uninterrupted 24/7 operation is mission critical," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager at Kingston.

In tests carried out by Kingston, the company found that by replacing an enterprise solution with a server and an external chassis housing 24 hard drives including one containing six internal SSDs, the total database performance was increased by 91.8 percent. On top of that, the power consumption was 51 percent less with SSDs than with the hard drives and performance-per-Watt was increased by 184 percent.

The SSDNow E100 drives are available immediately and come in 100GB, 200GB, and 400GB capacities. All have a three-year warranty.

No pricing information was available at the time of writing.

Image source: Kingston.

Topics: Storage, Data Centers, Hardware

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  • encryption?

    Are they self encrypting? I don't care if they are a ton faster, if I then I have to use software encrytption (and slow them back down) to protect data at rest.
  • Entire drive can be used with no speed decrease

    As Robin Harris has mentioned, many companies with large databases deliberately format server drives to only use the outer part of the disk, where the data transfer rate is fastest. With these SSD's you get to use the entire drive with no speed decrease.

    Regarding cbslc's comment about encryption, regardless of where the encryption takes place it would require processing power. Chances are that could be done faster at the CPU level than inside the drive. Also, when we're talking hundreds of megabytes per second throughput, ANY encryption is going to slow things down a good deal. Encryption at that sustained throughput would probably generate a fair amount of heat also.
  • MTBF implausible

    10 million hours is more than 1140 years! I find that very hard to believe.
    • Decomposition

      Maybe that's the time for the material to biodegrade if trashed on nature.
    • It still appears to be a step in the right direction

      Increased reliability and durability, the very things, beyond cost, that hold many back. Any advancement in that direction should be welcome, skepticism withstanding. If these developments turn out to be the real deal, as opposed to wishful vapor, we'll all win. Eventually.

      "No pricing information was available at the time of writing."

      And then we get this. Ugh. :(

      Hopefully these advancements will extend beyond enterprise based [$] solutions and be incorporated into consumer lines and grades soon enough, without the cost adjustment killing such prospects.