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The StorMax™ NFS solution features the Micron® 5210 ION SSD, the world’s first SSD to market with quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology, delivering real-time analytics for the data lakes that feed AI, ML, DL and archives massive block streams with ease. Perfect for enterprise data-driven workloads, content delivery, media streaming and user authentication.

Deep Learning Performance and Cost Evaluation

Micron® 5210 ION Quad-Level Cell (QLC) SSDs vs 7200 RPM HDDs in Centralized NAS Storage Repositories



CPU Dual Socket Scalable Single Socket EPYC
Barebone Intel 2U 24 Drive Bay AMD 2U 24 Drive Bay
Memory 192GB 128GB
Capacity SKUs 15TB,   23TB,  46TB,  92TB,  184TB
Networking Dual 25GbE
Infiniband EDR*/Omni-Path/100GbE Optional
Reference # 707486 707487

*Highly recommended for deep learning applications

New QLC enterprise SSDs reduces costs

New QLC enterprise SSDs seem to offer a compelling means to reduce costs, as QLC NAND stores 33% more bits per cell and delivers similar read-performance as traditional TLC-based SSDs. Because the Micron 5210 ION SATA SSD family is targeted as an HDD replacement option, this test compares the results of a QLC SSD deployment to a HDD deployment, while also putting the results in context with TLC-based NVMe all-flash, which carry a significant cost premium.

Read Bandwidth Comparison

From a cost perspective and performance perspective, the Micron 5210 based NFS shared storage solution is well positioned between a lower performing legacy HDD based storage solution and expensive enterprise-grade all-flash storage appliances.

Introducing the world’s first QLC SSD, the Micron® 5210 ION

Created for the data age

Micron® 5210 ION SSD vs. HDDs

5210 vs.
10K RPM Hybrid HDD
5210 vs.
7200 RPM HDD
Capacities Compared 2TB vs. 2TB 8TB vs. 8TB
Random Reads (IOPS) 175x 450x
Random Writes (IOPS) 30x 20x
Sequential Throughput (MB/s) 2x 2x
Energy Efficiency (W) 3x 2.8x
Capacity per 2U Chassis (TB) similar 2x

*Source: SNIA PTSe IOPS Test for HDDs; 5210 datasheet values