Micron Technology has developed a 2.5-inch enterprise
solid-state drive (SSD) based on a PCIe interface. The
solution combines a high-performance PCIe interface with
a hot-swappable 2.5-inch form factor.
Because the 2.5-inch form factor allows PCIe SSDs to be
integrated into the front end of the server (like
traditional data storage drives), system administrators
can easily service the drive or scale performance -
without ever powering down the server.
The new solution has been selected as a key
storage device in Dell's PowerEdge 12th generation
servers. These servers use front-accessible backplane
designs that accommodate 2.5-inch SATA, SAS, and PCIe
devices, allowing the Dell's customer to choose the
appropriate combination of data storage and caching
devices to optimize performance and storage to suit their
needs. The solutions can be configured by hot-swapping
PCIe devices without powering down the server ? a
requirement with existing PCIe card solutions.
Both Micron and Dell are helping drive adoption of this
interface through their membership in the SSD Form Factor
Working Group (ssdformfactor.org). The working group is
an industry effort to simplify the adoption and
integration of PCIe storage drives.
The new platform leverages Micron's P320h PCIe SSD design
and is based on a custom-developed Micron controller.
Micron is currently in production with the P320h HHHL
card and is sampling the 2.5-inch PCIe solution.