Micron joins forces with VMware, Supermicro, Nexenta for new offerings; boosts data center storage with new NVMe PCIe SSD line

Micron Technology introduced Micron Accelerated Solutions, a set of purpose-built, scale-out solutions for open source and software-defined data centers. The first suite of Micron Accelerated Solutions are designed and developed in close collaboration with enterprising software and hardware companies including VMware, Supermicro and Nexenta.

Micron Accelerated Solutions were announced in conjunction with the opening of the Austin-based Micron Storage Solutions Center (MSSC). A hub for Micron storage innovation, the MSSC is also the engineering home for Micron Accelerated Solutions. Inside the MSSC lab, Micron works closely with customers to run their applications, optimize their workloads, and find ways to enhance their experience with Micron SSDs in their real-world environments.

The MSSC is also where Micron leads its research in storage software and where Micron engineers are uncovering a path to better architect storage software and operating systems to take full advantage of flash technology. The company expects to regularly reveal news of future software innovations coming from the MSSC.

Micron Accelerated Solutions have received the SOLID Ready seal, providing customers with confidence in deploying a solution that has been architected, optimized and tuned from the storage core to the application level. The SOLID Ready seal simplifies and accelerates the transition to an agile infrastructure by providing tested and proven reference architectures for next-generation enterprise and hyperscale applications including software defined storage platforms, virtualized workload infrastructures, OpenStack solutions and big data environments.

The SOLID Ready seal is bestowed upon solutions that have been evaluated and developed by engineering teams from Micron and our partners to deliver SOLID performance.

Micron, Supermicro and VMware have partnered to design all-flash Ready Nodes that pack the benefits of a fully integrated hyper-converged compute and storage solution. The Micron Virtual SAN AF-4, AF-6, and AF-8 Ready Nodes enable VMware vSphere administrators to future-proof their data center architecture using all-flash, delivering compelling all-flash performance. When compared to hybrid VMware Virtual SAN implementations that include traditional HDD, the Micron Accelerated Solution for VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes offer up to 40 times the IOPs and bandwidth, as well as low as 1/40th the latency.


The Micron Accelerated Solution for VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes take full advantage of the advanced data efficiency features like deduplication, compression and erasure coding that are available in VMware Virtual SAN 6.2. As a result, the VMware Virtual SAN All-Flash Ready Nodes can be purchased for as low as $0.44/GB (effective capacity) which includes the full MSRP of all server hardware, software and a three-year support.

Micron also announced a new portfolio of PCIe solid state drives (SSDs) that leverage the high-performance NVMe protocol. The new Micron 9100 and 7100 PCIe SSDs provide data center customers with purpose-built storage products for implementing an agile, scale-out IT infrastructure. These new drives extend Micron’s line of SATA and SAS SSDs that enable customers to extend and improve their legacy data center infrastructure with proven flash products.

The Micron 9100 NVMe PCIe SSD brings nonvolatile memory as close as possible to the processor, maximizing data speeds in the most demanding environments. The blazing-fast performance of a single Micron 9100 NVMe SSD enables customers to deliver dramatic business results—up to 10 times faster—when compared to a single data center SATA SSD.

Micron’s 9100 NVMe PCIe SSD offers workload-focused capacity for both read-centric and mixed-used applications. Achieving 3.2TB of storage in both a HHHL & a 2.5″ U.2 form factor, the Micron 9100 SSD is purpose built to process business data. The U.2 form factor of Micron’s 9100 SSD allows front-bay access to the server, delivering a recognizable form, fit and function of that IT knows.

The 9100’s protocol interface brings data processing closer to the server than SAS or SATA SSDs, minimizing latency and providing consistently fast throughput up to 3 GB/s. Available in HHHL and U.2 form factors, the 9100 has workload-focused endurance with the right capacities of up to 3.2TB for read-centric and mixed-use applications and environments.

From power sensitive applications to space conscious environments, the Micron 7100 NVMe PCIe SSD brings higher performance and lower TCO to meet growing and changing enterprise needs. Whether it’s the slim 7mm U.2 (2.5-inch) hot-pluggable form factor or the tiny M.2, the 7100 allows dense designs that pack a punch. It uses half as many watts as a standard high-performance NVMe drive but provides low latencies unachievable by SATA SSDs.

Micron 7100 PCIe NVMe SSD offers the speed and efficiency of NVMe blended with the convenient form factors, lower cost and lower power of SATA. Whether it’s the slim 7mm U.2 hot-pluggable form factor (2.5-inch with a SFF-8639 connector) or the tiny M.2, 7100 SSD enables dense designs that pack a punch. Now shipping in volume, Micron is also working with customers to extend their existing IT investment with SAS SSDs.

Micron’s S600DC SAS Series provides customers with greater capacity, better performance and higher endurance at a much more affordable price point compared to 15K HDDs. Micron’s S600DC Series SSDs are ideal for modernizing and accelerating storage infrastructure supporting the heart of business. Databases, OLTP and business-critical virtualized applications all run on dependable SAS storage.

The S600DC SSD is one of the largest SAS solutions in the market achieving 4TB of storage in a 2.5-inch form factor – more than double the capacity 10K 2.5-inch HDDs and four times the capacity of 15K HDDs. Micron’s S600DC SSD portfolio offers ultra-fast 12Gb/s SAS dual port bandwidth, delivering dramatic improvements in storage and server performance. The S610DC and S630DC provide up to 450 times the performance of a single 15K RPM SAS HDD, while maintaining an equal or less dollar per gigabyte.

Leveraging an open source object storage solution that runs on Linux software that hits 1M IOPS and reaches 140Gbps throughput, Micron has designed a robust, high-performance all-flash Ceph storage solution that allows customers to stand up a dynamic cloud infrastructure. Based on Supermicro servers, the Micron Accelerated Ceph Storage Solution provides a solid foundation for large private clouds, helping businesses deal with the explosive data demands that are fueled by big data applications and by pervasive mobile devices.

Micron is collaborating with Nexenta to bring to market high performance, simply scalable, full featured all-flash block and object storage based on NexentaEdge scale-out Software-Defined Storage. The Micron Accelerated NexentaEdge Solution will provide high performance native block, iSCSI block, Swift and S3 object services to OpenStack, VMware and Container based infrastructure.

NexentaEdge provides instant snapshots and clones, as well as patented cluster-wide inline deduplication and compression that can increase the effective capacity of storage for virtual machines by a factor of 5:1 or more. NexentaEdge software also implements real-time self-balancing, continuously distributing load across all devices in the cluster to maximize flash endurance, and simple management through CLI, REST API and an intuitive graphical user-interface. This collaboration is expected to result in a joint reference architecture and purchasable solution from Supermicro in the second half of 2016.

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