Feb 24, 2021

Samsung starts mass production of new data centre SSD line

Data Centres
Harry Menear
2 min
The PM9A3 E1.S. - Image courtesy of Samsung Electronics
The new line of solid state drives is fully compatible with open compute principles and delivers higher performance and power efficiency...

Samsung has launched a new top-of-the-line range of solid state drives (SSDs) designed to support high density compute workloads in enterprise and hyperscale data centres.

“Wider 5G deployment and accelerating growth in IoT devices are fueling a hyperconnected lifestyle, driving the demand for more sophisticated hyperscale data centers,” commented Cheolmin Park, vice president of Memory Product Planning at Samsung Electronics. 

“Providing an optimal mix of performance, power, reliability and firmware, we believe our new PM9A3 will help advance today’s data center storage technologies and expand the market for OCP-compliant SSDs.”

The PM9A3 is built using Samsung’s sixth-generation (1xx-layer) V-NAND and delivers significant performance improvements over the previous generation, delivering double the sequential write speed at 3000MB/s, a 40% higher random read speed of 750K IOPS and 150% higher random writes at 160K IOPS. 

The new SSDs are also significantly more efficient in terms of energy consumption. The PM9A3 can reportedly run at a rate of 283MB/s per watt for sequential writes, which makes the drive almost 50% more efficient than the previous generation’s 188MB/s per watt rate. 


The PM9A3 E1.S. - Image courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Samsung also notes that, if you replaced all the hard disk drives put into use in 2020 with its new PM9A3 4TB drive, power savings would amount to approximately 1,484 gigawatt hours of energy - more than you’d need to power all the households in the Korean capital of Seoul during the month of August last year.      

The PM9A3 has also been designed in accordance with the exacting principles of efficiency, modularity and standardisation set by the Open Compute Project. The OCP is a spin off of a Facebook data centre design project started in 2011, which counts Intel, Rackspace, and Goldman Sachs among its founding members. 

The unified, interoperable standards set by the OCP’s NVMe Cloud SSD Specification will let operators who incorporate Samsung’s new SSD into their systems to do so more easily, and achieve reduced CapEx and OpEx as a result. 

“Innovations such as the OCP NVMe Cloud SSD and E1.S are important to solving today’s data center challenges. The OCP NVMe Cloud SSD Specification defines hyperscale SSD requirements, enabling SSD makers to provide leading-edge products that meet the challenging demands of hyperscale environments. Deploying storage at scale is very challenging and Samsung’s support for next-generation industry-leading technologies such as the OCP NVMe Cloud SSD and EDSFF E1.S is a great step forward,” said Ross Stenfort, Hardware Storage Engineer at Facebook.

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Jun 18, 2021

Group Management: Superior compliance in construction

Group Management
3 min
Group Management’s Steve Cressey on a uniquely collaborative partnership with Mercury Engineering and almost 15 years of compliant construction projects

Group Management Electrical Surveys is a long-standing and vital partner to Mercury Engineering. The company offers an innovative suite of electrical inspection, test and documentation services to ensure compliance in complex major construction projects for many of the UK and EU's leading companies. Utilising in-house cutting-edge solutions and its highly competent and experienced engineers, Group Management provides everything from electrical inspection and testing to thermal imaging surveys, QA/QC management, torque compliance, technical support, DSEAR compliance and electrical installation condition reports.

“No project can achieve handover without the correct documentation and safety critical electrical certification in place,” says Managing Director Steve Cressey. “Our services ensure that project critical documentation and certification can be correctly produced in an efficient, cost effective manner, which makes Group Management an important part of any construction project.” 

Cressey joined the business in 2009, bringing strong and incisive leadership to Group Management, with decades of industry experience giving him a unique understanding of the design through to handover construction process. He has stewarded the business’ partnership with Mercury since its inception and describes it as uniquely collaborative.  

“Our relationship with Mercury Engineering stretches back many years. We partnered with Mercury  on our first Data Centre project together in Watford in 2007, and since then the relationship has gone from strength to strength,” says Cressey.

“The partnership is longstanding, and we’ve built an incredibly strong working relationship. Partnering with Mercury, who are an innovative, cutting-edge technology provider, means we must constantly improve our services offering. We strive to be the best in what we do, and Mercury can trust we will be efficient in delivering on time, on budget, to achieve a successful handover that meets both Mercury’s and the end clients’ future needs.”

Group Management has since successfully completed more than 30 Data Centre projects throughout the EU as Mercury’s preferred electrical compliance partner. The relationship has also seen Group Management partner with Mercury Engineering on four brand-new hospitals in the UK and Ireland, key pharmaceutical projects and a number of commercial and leisure spaces. 

“To ensure the continued success and growth of Group Management we always discuss projects with key clients and their teams, take feedback on the performance of both our business and our individuals, and in turn use that to improve our services,” Cressey says. 

“The professional development of our employees is essential to our success. All our employees are encouraged to continue their education, to further develop their skills through additional training, and that in turn drives better service and a superior product for our clients. We now offer four more services to Mercury than when the partnership began, which has helped spur Group Management’s growth and success within the wider market.”



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