Storage Options for ThinkSystem ServersReference Information

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19 Nov 2019
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Abstract

Learn about Reliable High Performance Server Data Storage to ensure data availability, protection, & backup, & maximize I/O performance in Lenovo servers.

Server storage options fall into the following categories. Click the links to jump down to the section.

 

Change History

Changes in the November 19 update:

RAID Controllers & Storage Adapters

Lenovo Storage Adapters provide a new level of reliability & performance for data centers via exceptional Data Center storage redundancy.

 

RAID Controllers

Redundancy and Protection for Critical Enterprise Data. Lenovo RAID controllers provide reliable data protection and performance with a wide range of RAID solutions covering SMB to Large Enterprise customers.

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  • RAID Controllers for Internal Storage

  • ThinkSystem RAID 530-8i PCIe 12Gb Adapter

    Entry-level 12Gb SAS/SATA internal RAID adapter that offers a cost-effective RAID solution for small to medium business customers. This cacheless adapter supports up to eight drives and RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, and 50.

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  • ThinkSystem RAID 530-16i PCIe 12Gb AdapterThinkSystem RAID 530-16i PCIe 12Gb Adapter

    Entry-level 12Gb SAS/SATA internal RAID adapter that offers a cost-effective RAID solution for small to medium business customers. This cacheless adapter supports up to 16 drives and RAID levels 0, 1, and 10.

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  • ThinkSystem RAID 730-8i 1GB Cache PCIe 12Gb Adapter

    12 Gb SAS/SATA internal RAID adapter that offers a cost-effective RAID solution for small to medium business customers. Comes standard with 1GB cache (no flash backup), supports RAID levels 0/1/10/5/50, and includes an extensive list of RAS and management features. Available world-wide except USA and Canada.

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  • ThinkSystem RAID 730-8i 2GB Flash PCIe 12Gb AdapterThinkSystem RAID 730-8i 2GB Flash PCIe 12Gb Adapter

    12 Gb SAS/SATA internal RAID adapter that offers a cost-effective RAID solution for small to medium business customers. Comes standard with 2GB cache and a flash-based backup unit, supports RAID levels 0/1/10/5/50/6/60, and includes an extensive list of RAS and management features. Available in Asia Pacific countries and China.

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  • ThinkSystem RAID 930-8i 2GB Flash PCIe 12Gb Adapter

    Advanced 12Gbps SAS RAID adapter with 2GB of onboard cache and a flash-based backup unit. The adapter offers RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, and 60 standard, and supports up to eight drives.

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  • ThinkSystem RAID 930-16i PCIe 12Gb Adapter

    Advanced 12Gbps SAS RAID adapter with either 4GB or 8GB of onboard cache and a flash-based backup unit. The adapter offers RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, and 60 standard, and supports up to 16 drives.

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  • ThinkSystem RAID 930-24i 4GB Flash PCIe 12Gb Adapter

    Advanced 12Gbps SAS RAID adapter with 4GB of onboard cache and a flash-based backup unit. The adapter offers RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, and 60 standard, and supports up to 24 drives.

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  • RAID Controllers for External Storage

  • ThinkSystem RAID 930-8e 4GB Flash PCIe 12Gb Adapter

    High-performance 12Gbps SAS RAID-on-chip (ROC) adapter for connectivity to external disk enclosures. The adapter comes standard with 4GB of cache and supports RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6 and 60.

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SAS Host Bus Adapters

High performance SAS host bus adapters provide easy and reliable connectivity to either internal or external storage.

  • HBAs for Internal Storage

  • ThinkSystem 430-8i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem 430-8i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBAs is a high performance host bus adapters for internal storage connectivity in ThinkSystem servers. Two internal x4 mini-SAS HD connectors to connect to eight drives.

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  • ThinkSystem 430-16i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem 430-16i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA is a high performance host bus adapters for external storage connectivity in ThinkSystem servers. Four internal x4 mini-SAS HD connectors to connect to 16 drives.

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  • HBAs for External Storage

  • 430-8eThinkSystem 430-8e SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA

    High performance host bus adapters for external SAS storage connectivity in ThinkSystem servers. The adapter provides two external x4 mini-SAS HD connectors for a total of eight lanes of 12Gbps SAS.

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  • 430-16eThinkSystem 430-16e SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA

    High performance host bus adapters for external SAS storage connectivity in ThinkSystem servers. The adapter provides four external x4 mini-SAS HD connectors for a total of 16 lanes of 12Gbps SAS.

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NVMe Switch Adapters

Adapters to enable the use of PCIe NVMe drives in ThinkSystem servers.

  • NVMe switch adapterThinkSystem 1610-4P NVMe Switch Adapter

    A high performance PCIe 3.0 switch based on the Broadcom PEX9733 chipset with a PCIe 3.0 x16 host interface. On supported ThinkSystem servers, the adapter provides four PCIe x4 connections supporting four NVMe drives. Four Mini-SAS HD x4 (SFF-8643) internal connectors.

  • ThinkSystem 810-4P NVMe Switch AdapterThinkSystem 810-4P NVMe Switch Adapter

    A high performance PCIe 3.0 switch based on the Broadcom PEX9733 chipset with a PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface. On supported ThinkSystem servers, the adapter provides four PCIe x4 connections supporting four NVMe drives. Four Mini-SAS HD x4 (SFF-8643) internal connectors.

  • ThinkSystem 1610-8P NVMe Switch AdapterThinkSystem 1610-8P NVMe Switch Adapter

    A high performance PCIe 3.0 switch based on the Broadcom PEX9749 chipset with a PCIe 3.0 x16 host interface. On supported ThinkSystem servers, the adapter provides four PCIe x8 connections supporting eight NVMe drives. Four Ultraport SlimSAS 8X24 internal connectors.

Solid State Storage Drives & Adapters

Next generation solid-state technology engineered for balanced performance & endurance in a cost efficient design.

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SAS and SATA Solid State Drives

Cost efficient with optimal performance. Delivering performance, endurance, and power efficiency in a cost-efficient design.

  • Enterprise Entry SAS and SATA SSDs
    Optimized for read-intensive workloads with an endurance of less than 3 DWPD.

  • Intel S4510 Entry SATA 6Gb SSDIntel S4510 Entry SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Intel drives using 3D NAND TLC Flash Memory technology with a 6Gbps SATA interface to provide an affordable solution with industry leading performance.

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  • Intel S4500 Entry SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Intel drives using 3D NAND TLC Flash Memory technology with a 6Gbps SATA interface to provide an affordable solution with industry leading performance.

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  • Intel S3520 Entry SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Intel drives optimized for read-intensive applications such as boot, web servers, lower data rate operational databases and analytics. SATA 6Gbps interface to provide an affordable solution with industry leading performance.

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  • Micron 53005300 Entry SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Micron drives that provide an affordable solution for read-intensive applications such as boot, web servers, lower data rate operational databases and analytics. New 96-layer 3D NAND flash memory. Available in capacities up to 7.68TB.

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  • Micron 52005200 Entry SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Micron drives that provide an affordable solution for read-intensive applications such as boot, web servers, lower data rate operational databases and analytics. Uses 64-layer 3D NAND flash memory. Available in capacities up to 7.68TB.

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  • 5100 Entry SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Micron drives that provide an affordable solution for read-intensive applications such as boot, web servers, lower data rate operational databases and analytics.

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  • PM883 Entry SATA 6Gb SSDsPM883 Entry SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Samsung drives suitable for general-purpose and read-intensive workloads. Engineered for greater performance and endurance in a cost-effective design. Available in capacities from 240GB to 7.68TB

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  • PM863a Entry SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Samsung drives suitable for general-purpose and read-intensive workloads. Engineered for greater performance and endurance in a cost-effective design. Available in capacities from 240GB to 1.92TB.

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  • Enterprise Mainstream SAS and SATA SSDs
    Optimized for mixed-intensive application workloads with an endurance of 3-5 DWPD.

  • Intel S4610 Mainstream SATA 6Gb SSDsIntel S4610 Mainstream SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Advanced Intel data center SSDs optimized for mixed read-write performance, endurance and strong data protection. Excellent choice as cache in transactional application and high-speed storage for enterprise databases.

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  • Intel SSDIntel S4600 Mainstream SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Advanced Intel data center SSDs optimized for mixed read-write performance, endurance and strong data protection. Excellent choice as cache in transactional application and high-speed storage for enterprise databases.

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  • 5300 Mainstream SATA 6Gb SSDs5300 Mainstream SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Micron drives that offer an affordable solution for mixed read-write applications such as cache in transactional application and high-speed storage for enterprise databases. Available in a broad selection of sizes, from 240GB to 3.84TB.

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  • 5200 Mainstream SATA 6Gb SSDs5200 Mainstream SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Micron drives that offer an affordable solution for mixed read-write applications such as cache in transactional application and high-speed storage for enterprise databases. Available in a broad selection of sizes, from 240GB to 3.84TB.

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  • 5100 Mainstream SATA 6Gb SSDs

    Micron drives that offer an affordable solution for mixed read-write applications such as cache in transactional application and high-speed storage for enterprise databases. Available in a broad selection of sizes, from 240GB to 3.84TB.

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  • PM1645 Mainstream SAS 12Gb SSDsPM1645 Mainstream SAS 12Gb SSDs

    Samsung drives with an advanced SAS 12Gbps interface. Mainstream server SSD suitable for mixed read-write-intensive workloads. Available in capacities up to 3.2TB.

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  • PM1635a Mainstream SAS 12Gb SSDs

    Samsung drives with an advanced SAS 12Gbps interface. Mainstream server SSD suitable for mixed read-write-intensive workloads. Available in capacities up to 1.6TB.

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  • Enterprise Performance SAS SSDs
    Optimized for write-intensive application workloads with an endurance of 10+ DWPD.

  • SS530 Performance SAS 12Gb SSDSS530 Performance SAS 12Gb SSDs

    Second generation 3D MLC NAND flash memory technology with a 12 Gb SAS interface to provide a high-performance storage solution. These drives offer high endurance supporting up to 10 DWPD over 5 years meaning they are ideal for write-intensive applications.

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  • HUSMM32 Performance SAS 12Gb SSDs

    HGST Ultrastar drives are an excellent choice for applications demanding high write performance, such as High Performance Computing (HPC), High Definition Imaging and Video (HDIV), high data rate analytics and databases, large-scale virtualization, and video on demand content delivery.

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  • Enterprise Capacity SAS SSDs
    High capacity SSD for the maximum storage with the performance of solid-state drives.

  • PM1643 Capacity SAS 12Gb SSDsPM1643 Capacity SAS 12Gb SSDs

    Samsung drives ideal for high-capacity enterprise applications, with drive capacities up to 7.68TB. Designed for dense storage and with a 12Gb SAS interface, these drives have the capacity and performance needed for large-scale read-intensive applications.

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  • Samsung 15mm SSDPM1633a Capacity SAS 12Gb SSDs

    Samsung drives ideal for high-capacity enterprise applications, with drive capacities up to 15.36TB. Designed for dense storage and with a 12Gb SAS interface, these drives have the capacity and performance needed for large-scale read-intensive applications.

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NVMe Solid State Drives

Ultra Low Latency & High Performance.

Designed to utilize the high bandwidth of PCIe 3.0 in four lanes, and bring high performance, low latency, and consistently amazing performance to I/O-intensive storage workloads.

  • Enterprise Entry NVMe SSDs
    Optimized for read-intensive workloads with an endurance of less than 3 DWPD.

  • Intel P4510Intel P4510 Entry NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs

    General-purpose yet high-performance low-latency drives with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. Available in capacities up to 8 TB.

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  • Intel SSDIntel P4500 Entry NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs

    General-purpose yet high-performance low-latency drives with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. Available in capacities up to 4 TB.

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  • PM983 Entry NVMe PCIe SSDsPM983 Entry NVMe PCIe SSDs

    Samsung drives suitable for read-intensive and general-purpose data center workloads. Available in capacities from 1.92 TB to 7.68 TB.

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  • PM963 NVMe Enterprise Entry PCIe SSDs

    Samsung drives suitable for read-intensive and general-purpose data center workloads. Available in capacities of 1.92TB and 3.84TB.

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  • Enterprise Mainstream NVMe SSDs
    Optimized for mixed-intensive application workloads with an endurance of 3-5 DWPD.

  • Intel P4610Intel P4610 Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs

    Advanced data center SSDs optimized for mixed read-write performance, endurance, and strong data protection for Lenovo servers. Available in capacities from 1.6TB to 7.68TB.

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  • Intel SSDIntel P4600 Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs

    Advanced data center SSDs optimized for mixed read-write performance, endurance, and strong data protection for Lenovo servers. Available in capacities of 1.6TB and 3.2TB.

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  • KCM51V Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDsKCM51V Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs

    Toshiba advanced data center SSDs optimized for mixed read-write performance, endurance, and strong data protection for Lenovo servers. Available in capacities from 800 GB to 6.4 TB.

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  • PX04PMB Mainstream NVMe PCIe SSDs

    Toshiba advanced data center SSDs optimized for mixed read-write performance, endurance, and strong data protection for Lenovo servers. Available in capacities of 960GB and 1.92TB.

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  • Enterprise Performance NVMe SSDs
    Optimized for write-intensive application workloads with an endurance of 10+ DWPD.

  • Intel P4800X Performance NVMe PCIe SSDIntel P4800X Performance NVMe PCIe SSD

    The ultimate in high performance solid state drives with ultra-low latency, very high bandwidth, and an endurance of 30 drive writes per day, making this drive an excellent choice for write-intensive high-performance workloads.

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  • PX04PMB Performance NVMe PCIe SSDs

    Toshiba advanced data center SSDs optimized for write-intensive performance, endurance, and strong data protection for Lenovo servers. Available in capacities of 800GB and 1.6TB.

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Self-encrypting Solid State Drives

Self-encrypting drives (SEDs) provide benefits in three main ways:

  • By encrypting data on-the-fly at the drive level with no performance impact
  • By providing instant secure erasure (cryptographic erasure, thereby making the data no longer readable)
  • By enabling auto-locking to secure active data if a drive is misplaced or stolen from a system while in use
  • Enterprise Entry SED SSDs
    Optimized for read-intensive workloads with an endurance of less than 3 DWPD.

  • KCM5-R Entry NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SED SSDsKCM5-R Entry NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SED SSDs

    Toshiba drives with a PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe interface to provide an high-performance solution for secure read-intensive workloads.

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  • 5300 Entry SATA 6Gb SED SSDs5300 Entry SATA 6Gb SED SSDs

    Micron drives that provide an affordable solution for secure read-intensive applications such as boot, web servers, lower data rate operational databases and analytics. New 96-layer 3D NAND flash memory.

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  • 5200 Entry SATA 6Gb SED SSDs5200 Entry SATA 6Gb SED SSDs

    Micron drives that provide an affordable solution for secure read-intensive applications such as boot, web servers, lower data rate operational databases and analytics. Uses 64-layer 3D NAND flash memory.

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  • Enterprise Mainstream SED SSDs
    Optimized for read-intensive workloads with an endurance of less than 3 DWPD.

  • 5300 Mainstream SATA 6Gb SED SSDs5300 Mainstream SATA 6Gb SED SSDs

    Micron drives that provide an affordable solution for secure mixed-read/write applications. 96-layer triple-level cell (TLC) 3D NAND technology.

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  • 5200 Entry SATA 6Gb SED SSDs5200 Mainstream SATA 6Gb SED SSDs

    Micron drives that provide an affordable solution for secure mixed-read/write applications. 64-layer triple-level cell (TLC) 3D NAND technology.

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  • Enterprise Performance SED SSDs
    Optimized for write-intensive application workloads with an endurance of 10+ DWPD.

  • SS530 Performance 12Gb SAS SED SSDsSS530 Performance 12Gb SAS SED SSDs

    Second generation 3D MLC NAND flash memory technology with a 12 Gb SAS interface to provide a high-performance storage solution. These drives offer high endurance supporting up to 10 DWPD over 5 years meaning they are ideal for secure write-intensive applications.

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  • HUSMM32 Enterprise Performance 12G SAS FIPS SED SSDs

    HGST drives suitable for write-intensive workloads. These high-performance self-encrypting drives (SEDs) adhere to the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) cryptographic standard. Available in capacities up to 1.6TB.

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M.2 Drives and Adapters

M.2 is a solid-state drive (SSD) form factor used as an operating system boot solution or for data storage. Most ThinkSystem servers support M.2 drives with the addition of a supported M.2 adapter, however some servers support an M.2 drive directly on the system board.

  • ThinkSystem M.2 Drives and M.2 Adapters

    ThinkSystem servers come standard with a dedicated slot supporting an M.2 adapter, supporting one to four M.2 solid-state drives. This solution allows customers to boot from an M.2 drive for an efficient and high-speed storage interface.

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NVMe Solid State Storage Adapters

Solid-state storage in the form factor of a PCIe adapter, designed to utilize the high bandwidth of PCIe 3.0 in four lanes. Brings high performance, high bandwidth and low latency to IO intensive storage workloads.

 
  • Enterprise Entry NVMe PCIe Adapters
    Optimized for read-intensive workloads with an endurance of less than 3 DWPD.

  • Intel P4500 Entry NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 Flash Adapter

    Intel P4500 adapterGeneral-purpose yet high-performance low-latency adapter with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. Available in 4 TB and 8 TB capacities.

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  • Enterprise Mainstream NVMe PCIe Adapters
    Optimized for mixed-intensive application workloads with an endurance of 3-5 DWPD.

  • KCM51V Flash AdapterKCM51V Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 Flash Adapters

    Toshiba flash storage adapters, available in capacities from 1.6 TB to 6.4 TB, and optimized for mixed read-write endurance.

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  • PX04PMC NVMe Mainstream Flash Adapters

    Toshiba NVMe AdapterPCIe Flash Storage Adapters from Toshiba in capacities of 1.92TB and 3.84TB. Optimized for mixed read-write performance, endurance, and strong data protection.

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  • Intel P4600 Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 Flash Adapter

    Intel P4500 adapterHigh-performance low-latency adapter with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, suitable for a mixed read-write workload. Available in 2TB and 4TB capacities.

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  • Enterprise Performance NVMe PCIe Adapters
    Optimized for write-intensive application workloads with an endurance of 10+ DWPD.

  • Intel P3700 NVMe Enterprise Performance Flash Adapter

    Intel P3700High-performance controller which delivers leading performance, low latency, and quality of service. Suitable for write-intensive applications and available in capacities up to 2.0TB.

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  • PX04PMC NVMe Performance Flash Adapters

    Toshiba NVMe AdapterPCIe Flash Storage Adapters from Toshiba in capacities of 1.6TB and 3.2TB. Optimized for write-intensive performance, endurance, and strong data protection.

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Hard Disk Drives

Industry-Leading Solutions. Enterprise SAS & SATA & self-encrypting (SED) hard disk drives. Industry leading HDD solutions increase data reliability, performance, & security.

  • Self-Encrypting Drives

    HDDProtect data at rest against loss or theft & secure drive retirement, disposal, or repurposing.

    Available drives:

    • 10K 12Gb SAS SED drives up to 1.2TB
    • 7.2K 12Gbps SAS FIPS 140-2 SEDs

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  • SATA Drives

    HDDLowest-cost storage solution for high-capacity enterprise-class servers.

    Available drives:

    • 6Gb SATA in capacities up to 14TB

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  • SAS Drives

    HDDSAS drives provide breadth of data center storage solutions ranging from inexpensive Near Line drives to High Performance 15k drives.

    Available drives:

    • 15K 12Gb SAS drives in capacities up to 900GB
    • 10K 12Gb SAS drives in capacities up to 2.4TB
    • 7.2K 12Gb SAS drives in capacities up to 14TB

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Backup & Archive Storage

Tape backup & automation solutions can help protect your business with a full complement of tape technologies.

  • LTO Tape Drives
    Delivers greater capacity & performance, further extending the proven reliability & low-cost ownership to effectively meet demanding backup, archival, & regulatory compliance requirements.

  • LTO Generation 8 (LTO8) Tape Drive

    LTO Generation 8 Tape DriveNative storage capacity of 12TB per cartridge (30TB at 2.5:1 compression) and a native data transfer rate of up to 300 MBps (500 MBps compressed).

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  • LTO Generation 7 (LTO7) Tape Drive

    LTO7Native storage capacity of 6TB per cartridge (15TB at 2.5:1 compression) and a native data transfer rate of up to 300 MBps (500 MBps compressed).

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  • LTO Generation 6 (LTO6) Tape Drive

    LTO6Native storage capacity of 2.5TB per cartridge (6.2TB at 2.5:1 compression) and a native data transfer rate of up to 160 MBps (400 MBps compressed).

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  • RDX Removable Disk
    Removable disks provide fast random access to data & drag-and-drop functionality, as well as the proven portability & durability of tape.

  • Features high-capacity shock-resistant cartridges with up to 4.0TB capacity, making your storage options extremely flexible.

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