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HP adds Samsung SSD option for ProLiant servers

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) continues to play both the server and array sides of the SSD fence, today announcing Samsung SSDs will be supported in its ProLiant servers.

According to a Samsung press release issued yesterday, its 60 and 120 GB SSDs have been qualified with all HP ProLiant G6  and G5 servers. The two companies claim the drives in ProLiant servers draw 1.9 watts of power when writing to the drive and 1.5 watts when reading; power usage in idle mode is 0.1 watt. The drives are rated for random read commands at 25,000 IOPS and random writes at 6,000 IOPS, with a sequential read speed of 230 MBps and a sequential write speed of 180MBps.

Initially HP officials seemed keener on putting SSDs into the server side of the house, arguing that the closer to the server bus the SSD, the more performance benefit there was, though HP also added array-based SSD options in its most recent EVA refresh. On the server side, HP has also been linked with Fusion-io.

As the SSD market continues to mature, anything that increases competition among product offerings is seen to be a good thing–even STEC’s CTO said recently he’s hoping for more competitors. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers pointed out in a note to investors today that STEC’s ZeusIOPS drive claims random IOPs of 80,000/40,000 and 350/300MB/s performance; “While we continue to view STEC’s competitive positioning as solid, we believe HP’s announcement with Samsung reflects what looks to be an increased amount of news flow regarding SSD competition in the enterprise server/storage market going forward,” Rakers wrote.

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