SMART Modular Introduces the 50TB Osmium Drive™, a 3.5 Inch MLC-Based SAS Solid State Drive

The Osmium Drive is designed to help rapidly scale storage capacity while reducing power, space, and cooling costs in data centers

NEWARK, Calif., Aug. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Modular Technologies, a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings, Inc., (NASDAQ:SGH), and a leader in specialty memory, storage and hybrid solutions including memory modules, Flash memory cards and other solid state storage products, today introduced the Osmium Drive™. The Osmium Drive is an ultra-high-capacity Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drive in a 3.5 inch form-factor. This MLC-based solid state drive can be immediately integrated into current systems for cloud storage, big data, digital imaging, artificial intelligence computing and other data-intensive data center applications. The Osmium Drive combines ultra-high-capacity and power efficiency unmatched by conventional hard disk drives (HDDs), and is available in capacities of 25TB and 50TB.

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With up to 50TB of Flash in a single 3.5 inch SAS drive enclosure, the Osmium Drive offers over three times the capacity of most competing SSDs on the market while consuming as little as one-eighth the power per terabyte compared to nearline HDDs. The faster IO for the Osmium Drive also means utilization rates can be improved to ninety percent or greater, versus the typical sixty percent with HDDs; an increase of approximately fifty percent. With greater than 1.5 million hour MTBF and unlimited writes over a 5-year lifetime, the Osmium Drive also offers greater reliability and endurance than typical nearline HDDs. And, the Osmium Drive requires sixty-five percent fewer BTUs of cooling per TB than HDDs resulting in reduced HVAC costs.

“We’re excited to offer an ultra-high-capacity SAS drive to the market,” states Mike McClimans, Sr. Director, Flash Product Line. “With the Osmium Drive, IT managers overseeing data centers have an option to migrate to a Flash drive that not only consumes less space per terabyte versus HDDs, but provides increased reliability and bandwidth, and extends the capacity limits of their current infrastructure.”

SMART Modular Technologies will be highlighting the Osmium Drive in their booth, #627, at the 2017 Flash Memory Summit, Aug 8–10 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

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About SMART Modular Technologies
SMART Modular Technologies is a global leader in specialty memory, storage and hybrid solutions serving the electronics industry for over 25 years. SMART Modular delivers solutions to a broad customer base, including OEMs in computing, networking, communications, storage, mobile and industrial markets. Focused on providing extensive customer-specific design capabilities, technical support and value-added testing services, SMART collaborates closely with their global OEM customers throughout their design process and across multiple projects to create memory, storage and hybrid solutions for demanding applications with differentiated requirements. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and supply, SMART Modular has developed a comprehensive product line comprised of DRAM, Flash and hybrid memory technologies across various form factors. SMART Modular is a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings, Inc. See for more information.


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