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



CPUDual Socket ScalableSingle Socket EPYC
BareboneIntel 2U 24 Drive BayAMD 2U 24 Drive Bay
Capacity SKUs15TB,   23TB,  46TB,  92TB,  184TB
NetworkingDual 25GbE
Infiniband EDR*/Omni-Path/100GbEOptional
Reference #707486707487

*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 Compared2TB vs. 2TB8TB vs. 8TB
Random Reads (IOPS)175x450x
Random Writes (IOPS)30x20x
Sequential Throughput (MB/s)2x2x
Energy Efficiency (W)3x2.8x
Capacity per 2U Chassis (TB)similar2x

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

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