The next-generation SSD for data center

SK hynix successfully demonstrated a new solid state drive (SSD) for data centers, which boasts faster data processing and an extended lifespan.

The firm introduced the new SSD, using Zone Namespaces (ZNS) software technology for the first time in the industry, at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit technology forum held in San Jose, Calif., March 21 and 22.

SK hynix said ZNS is a software technology that divides the storage capacity of the SSD into several zones for improved data storage management.

“With the arrival of artificial intelligence and the big data era, there have been increasing demands for improved SSDs from data center operators. ZNS SSDs are expected to meet those demands as their data processing is about 30 percent faster and they have about a four times longer lifespan compared to previous SSDs,” an SK hynix spokesman said.

The firm will complete the development of the ZNS technology-based SSD by the end of 2019 and will commercialize it within the first half of 2020.

The SSD market has seen explosive growth. According to market researcher IHS Markit, the SSD market in 2018 was estimated at $32.4 billion and will grow to $51.8 billion by 2022. The market growth will mainly be driven by SSDs for enterprise purposes with an annual growth rate of 15.7 percent.

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