Micron Introduces the 9400 SSD: 30 TB Capacity with Best-In-Class Performance

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Micron Technology announced that the new Micron 9400 NVMe solid-state drives are now in mass production, with global OEM and channel partners able to order them. The new SSDs will be able to be used in high-capacity servers, such as data centres, by utilising AI development, machine learning, and HPC software suites. The Micron 9400 NVMe SSD will provide over 30 TB of storage capacity and a 77% increase in IOPS (input and output operations per second). Micron expects the new drive to outperform competitors in terms of workload performance.

Micron’s new 9400 SSD is the fastest PCIe 4.0 U.3 drive available for data centres that require consistent low latency. When compared to previous Micron NVME SSDs, the new 9400 SSD has twice the capacity. On each server, standard two-rack-unit 24-drive servers using previous generation Micron SSDs provided up to 737 TB of storage capacity. Now, the company can provide the same amount of storage with half the number of drives, which is a critical cost-cutting feature for businesses.

High performance, capacity, and low latency are critical features for businesses looking to get the most out of their investments in AI/ML and supercomputing systems. The Micron 9400 SSD packs larger datasets into each server and accelerates machine learning training, allowing users to get more out of their GPUs thanks to its industry-leading 30TB capacity and stunning performance with over 1 million IOPS in mixed workloads.

— Alvaro Toledo, Micron’s Vice President and General Manager of Data Center Storage

The Micron 9400 SSD provides 1.6 million IOPS with “100% 4K random reads” to improve the use of GPUs in the process of educating machine learning models. The majority of solid-state drives are designed to read and write data on a system or server. The Micron 9400 SSD is unique in that the company focused on real-world and large-scale applications other than artificial intelligence, such as online transaction processing, online trading, data caching, and databases, which require higher levels of performance not found in everyday situations.

Micron’s 9400 SSD was tested in a variety of mixed workloads to determine the performance of the new SSDs when compared to the competition. The corporation discovered.

  • The 9400 delivered up to 23% higher performance and up to 34% higher workload responsiveness for RocksDB, a storage database renowned for its high performance and used for latency-sensitive, user-sensitive applications such as spam detection or storing viewer history.
  • The Micron 9400 demonstrated up to 2.1 times higher peak performance and superior responsiveness for Aerospike Database, an open-source NoSQL database optimised for flash storage. Aerospike Database powers time-critical web applications such as fraud detection, recommendation engines, real-time payment processing, and stock trading, so the 9400 can deliver faster results for these use cases.
  • The Micron 9400 delivers more than double the overall performance of a competitor’s performance-focused SSD and up to 62% faster response time in multi-tenant cloud architectures.
  • The Micron 9400 outperformed the competition in a dynamic system with compute-bound tasks for NVIDIA Magnum IO GPUDirect Storage, which enables a direct memory access data transfer path between GPU memory and storage — a critical improvement for AI environments.

WEKA and our partners are focused on removing barriers to data-driven innovation as the world’s most innovative organisations continue to adopt cloud and digital-first strategies. High-performance, high-capacity storage, such as the Micron 9400 SSD, provides the critical underlying technology to accelerate data access and time to insights, resulting in tremendous business value.

WEKA Co-Founder and CEO, Liran Zvibel

Micron’s new SSD is U.2 backward compatible and designed for U.3 sockets, with capacities ranging from 6.4 TB to 30 TB. Businesses can reduce their carbon footprint and thus help the environment by increasing their capacity.

Micron’s new SSD is U.2 backward compatible and designed for U.3 sockets, with capacities ranging from 6.4 TB to 30 TB. Businesses can reduce their carbon footprint and thus help the environment by increasing their capacity.

To meet the growing customer demand for increased capacity and efficiency, Supermicro creates innovative servers with maximum performance, configurability, and power savings. The Micron 9400 SSD packs over 30TB of storage capacity into each drive while also supporting optimised workloads and faster system throughput for advanced applications.

— Wally Liaw, Supermicro Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Business Development

For more information on the new Micron 9400 solid-state drives, enterprises and other database systems can visit the company’s official website.

Sources: MicronMicron 9400 SSD page


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