Life After SATA: Application Benefits of KIOXIA Data Center NVMe™ SSDs vs. Enterprise SATA SSDs

Prowess Consulting tested KIOXIA CD8 Series Data Center NVM Express™ (NVMe™) PCIe® solid-state drives (SSDs) and 6 gigabits per second (Gb/s) Serial ATA (SATA) Samsung® SSDs, comparing overall storage performance, price/performance, power/performance, and reliability.

The demand for high-capacity, high-throughput, and low-latency storage keeps going up. In addition to meeting current demands for cost and power savings, data centers need storage solutions that can provide better total cost of ownership (TCO).

When it comes to choosing the data-storage technology that best fits your needs, understanding the differences between NVM Express™ (NVMe™) PCIe® 4.0 and 6 gigabits per second (Gb/s) Serial ATA (SATA) solid-state drives (SSDs) is key. To quantify the performance differences between these two storage technologies, Prowess Consulting conducted benchmark testing for read data, along with price-performance and power-performance analyses, on the KIOXIA CD8 Series Data Center NVMe PCIe SSD and the Samsung® 6 Gb/s SATA SSD. The NVMe technology significantly outperformed the older SATA storage across the random and sequential read data metrics we tested. Our price-performance analyses revealed that the NVMe SSD can deliver superior performance/dollar and performance/watt compared to the SATA SSD for a variety of read workloads.

Read more to learn why upgrading to NVMe SSDs could be the right storage solution for data centers running virtualized applications.

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