While it may be overkill for even the most hardcore PC gamers, the new ADATA SR2000CP SSD is a beast-sized storage device that should be right at home in the enterprise-level market. ADATA announced that they were expanding their line of storage solutions for the big iron world, and this is one of the biggest ways the company seems to be doing so.
SR2000CP modules are offered in a half-height and half-length form factor, but they should be compatible with standard PCIe jacks. By using 3D TLC enterprise-class NAND chips, system administrators should be able to get the best performance possible out of these cards.
Since they don’t have moving parts like electromechanical disk drives do, ADATA’s boards feature read speeds that approach nearly six metric gigabytes a second. They can write at just under four metric gigabytes per second. This means the hardware should probably feel right at home streaming media to client users from powerful GNU/Linux or *BSD-based web server units.
Database operators may also opt for this kind of power to speed up the large number of transactions that machines doing number crunching have to take care of.
Solid-state technology also serves to make these boards quite energy efficient. They draw around eight watts when idling and 21 watts during read/write cycles. This is helped by the fact that they don’t have to use a motor, which is the same reason they have very little in the way of seek time when accessing an individual file.
Each of these boards should support a DRAM buffer and LDPC ECC error handling. This makes them suitable for data centers that require hardware to adhere to specific standards.
Like most storage solutions, ADATA’s new SSDs are offered in a variety of sizes. Unlike most, however, system administrators can find modules that have up to 11TB of disk space. This kind of capacity may prompt the use of special file systems designed to stand up to the kind of abuse that server operators put storage through.
Two, four and eight terabyte options are also offered for those who want a large internal SSD but don’t necessarily need that level of storage.