January 15th 2023

WD’s new enterprise NVMe SSD will be shipped in the second quarter

Although China is currently affected by the “epidemic” and the global industrial chain has been impacted in the short term, with the gradual control of the epidemic on the mainland, the pace of key infrastructure projects resumption in various places has begun to accelerate. It is reported that the government has clearly requested to increase investment in public health services, emergency material security, and accelerate the construction of new infrastructure such as 5G networks and data centers.

Up to March 1st, 13 provinces and municipalities, including Beijing, Hebei, Shanxi, Shanghai, Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, and Fujian, released a 2020 key project investment plan list. Among them, eight provinces have a total planned investment of 33.83 trillion yuan. At the same time, “5G + Industrial Internet” will also promote industrial enterprises to carry out internal network and information transformation. According to the forecast of the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, the cumulative investment in 5G network construction will reach 1.2 trillion yuan by 2025.

With the promotion of 5G and infrastructure projects, the demand for big data has grown rapidly, and the demand for high-capacity, high-performance SSDs has continued to increase. A few days ago, Western Digital launched the enterprise-grade WD Gold series NVMe SSD, which provides 5 times performance compared to enterprise SATA SSDs, enabling data centers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to easily transition to NVMe storage and significantly improve application performance.

WD Gold Enterprise class NVMe SSD

Source: Western Digital

Western Digital said that the new WD Gold series NVMe SSD uses 3D TLC NAND, an independently developed integrated controller and special firmware, will be released in the early second quarter of 2020, providing 960GB, 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB capacity choice for supply channel partners and end customers, the prices are $241.99, $434.99, $870.99, and $1739.99, respectively.


Source: Western Digital

Capered with existing SATA devices that were used for enterprise applications, WD Gold NVMe SSD is designed for server storage, with faster response time, higher throughput and larger capacity. It also have power outages and data path protection. It provides high reliability, as well as secure boot and secure erase. WD Gold NVMe SSD provides high-performance storage for applications and data sets that require low latency or high throughput. It combines with WD Gold HDD for supplementary storage, providing customers with additional data management. It also has a 5-year limited warranty.

Since 2019, almost all new products from Samsung, Western Digital, Armor, Micron, and Intel for data center and enterprise-level fields are NVMe PCIe SSDs. Among them, the Samsung PM1733 series SSDs use dual U.2 interfaces, which is equivalent to PCIe 4.0 x8, faster than PCIe 3.0. Micron ’s X100 series SSD which is based on the new 3D Xpoint technology uses PCIe 3.0 x16, which has a higher interface bandwidth.

enterprise level main factory SSD Product detail

Source: elinfor.com information collation

Not only enterprise SSDs, consumer SSDs are also rapidly transitioning from SATA to PCIe, especially in the PC OEM market. According to data from China Flash Market, more than 70% of SSDs use PCIe interface in 2019 PC OEM market, and this ratio is expected to exceed 80% in 2020.

According to China Flash Market data, global shipments of SSDs reached 250 million units in 2019, and are expected to grow by 29% to 320 million units in 2020. Among them, enterprise-level SSDs will reach 35.6 million units, with an average capacity of 2.7TB, accounting for a total of 24% of NAND Flash production capacity in 2020.

According to Phil Bullinger, senior vice president of Western Digital, not only the IT field, but also almost every industry, regardless of size, is undergoing change and innovation. All of these are data driven. NVMe SSDs meet the performance potential of high-speed storage media, which is essential for enabling applications and workloads. The currently shipping large-capacity WD Gold series HDDs, combined with the new WD Gold NVMe SSD, provide channel partners and customers with better expansion solutions to realize the value of data faster.

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