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Micron 6500 ION NVMe™ SSD

The world’s first 200+ layer data center NVMe SSD¹ delivers best-in-class performance, enables a more environmentally sustainable data center, and offers superior value that eclipses QLC SSDs.

QLC value. TLC performance. Micron innovation.

The world’s first 200+ layer NAND data center NVMe SSD is engineered to evolve data center economics.

The Micron 6500 ION SSD redefines scalable storage and is ideal for maximizing IT budgets that can’t keep up with end user data growth, increasing performance expectations, and growing environmental concerns. The Micron 6500 ION SSD addresses all these problems head-on with best-in-class performance that promotes sustainability and eclipses the QLC SSD with superior value.

The Micron 6500 ION SSD helps reduce upfront purchase costs,² operating expenses by reducing power/cooling, and server/software license costs through chassis consolidation.³ Its 30.72TB capacity and dense form factors will facilitate opportunities to lower your carbon footprint through the consolidation of more storage in fewer servers — all while outperforming and outlasting the competitor’s QLC SSD. For data centers that need to affordably scale storage, the Micron 6500 ION is the answer.

Micron 6500 ION NVMe SSDs

Benefits

Delivers best-of-breed performance

The Micron 6500 ION SSD offers better overall performance than the 30.72TB competitor’s QLC SSD — with 34% better read latency, 58% faster sequential writes, up to 62% more 4KB random read IOPS and over 30X more 4KB random write IOPS.⁴ This innovative SSD makes it easier to store and maintain the massive datasets that are typical in object stores, general purpose bulk cloud storage, all-flash arrays, capacity tiers, NoSQL databases, content delivery, and AI/ML data lakes.

Promotes a more sustainable data center

The Micron 6500 ION SSD helps lower operating costs relative to its competitor’s QLC SSD due to its 20% lower active power consumption, 56% better power efficiency (IOPS/Watt),⁵ and improved drive life enabled by its more than 10X better random write endurance.⁶ Its industry-leading storage density enables nearly 1-petabyte per rack unit (RU) and up to 35 PB per rack⁷ to reduce data center floor space and carbon footprint.

Eclipses QLC with superior value

The Micron 6500 ION SSD is the world’s first 200+ layer NAND data center NVMe SSD. With superior NAND to the competition’s sub-200-layer QLC SSD, it provides better endurance, performance, security and energy efficiency to deliver a superior value without the compromises that QLC SSD customers experienced in the past.

Micron 6500 ION SSD wins 2023 International Innovation Award and the 2024 Edison Award

Efficient AI starts on the servers that store the massive data lakes that train and sustain AI models. By delivering more performance while consuming 20-50% less power than previous 30 terabyte drives on the market, the Micron 6500 ION solves the world’s hidden power problem: scaling AI in the data center. This breakthrough innovation won gold in the 2024 Edison Awards for Commercial Technology and also won the 2023 International Innovation Award for its role improving AI scaling and sustainability in data centers all around the world. 

Annual edison award alongside the micron 6500

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The world’s first 200+ layer data center NVMe SSD delivers best-in-class performance, enables a more environmentally sustainable data center, and offers superior value that eclipses QLC SSDs.


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1. Statements are based on Micron Data Center Workload Engineering (DCWE) team comparisons of the Micron 6500 ION SSD and the Solidigm® D5-P5316 30.72TB QLC SSD. Value means the combination of performance, features, longevity, capacity, and purchase price. Performance refers to publicly available information regarding IOPS, GB/s, or both.

2. Purchase cost statement based on public information available at the time of this document’s publication.

3. The Micron 6500 ION SSD’s 30.72TB capacity helps reduce servers and physical rack space required for the same storage capacity as compared to smaller capacity SSD. Fewer servers enable lower power/cooling expenses and enable lower additional operating expenses when software is licensed by chassis, CPU, or CPU core.

4. Comparisons to the Solidigm D5-P5316 30.72TB SSD are based on public information available at the time of this document’s publication and on Micron DCWE testing. Latency refers to average read latency for 4KB 100% random read workload at queue depth (QD) of 1. Sequential write statements are based on 128KB 100% sequential write workload. Random IOPS statements based on 4KB, 100% random workloads. 58% improvement measured at QD32 and QD64. Measurements made at QDs 1 to 256 yielded a range of improvements from -7% to 58% when compared to the competitor’s drive. 62% improvement measured at QD32. Other measurements were made at QDs ranging from 1 to 256 and yielded a range of 18% to 62% improvements over the competitor’s drive. The ‘over 30 times more’ statement is for 4KB random write IOPS at QD128. The 4KB random write IOPS at QD1 is over 10 times more.

5. Comparisons to the Solidigm D5-P5316 30.72TB SSD are based on public information available at the time of this document’s publication. 20% less power based on Micron 6500 ION default 4KB, 100% random, 100% read power = 20 watts, Solidigm P5316 default power consumption for 4KB, 100% random, 100% read = 25 watts. Micron 6500 ION default 4KB, 100% random read IOPS = 1000KIOPS. 100% random read power = 20 watts. Solidigm P5316 default ION default 4KB, 100% random read IOPS = 800KIOPS and its 100% power consumption for 4KB, 100% random read = 25 watts. 1000KIOPS/20W vs. 800KIOPS/25W equates to 56% greater power efficiency for 4KB, 100% random read IOPS per watt comparison.

6. Solidigm documentation states that its endurance is rated using a 64KB 100% random write workload and is 0.41 DWPD. Rated Solidigm D5-P5316 endurance at 64KB transfer size is estimated to be 16x the rated endurance for a 4KB transfer size, yielding a 4KB value of 0.0256 (0.41/16). Micron 6500 ION rates endurance using 4KB random write workloads and is 0.3 DWPD.

7. Unformatted capacity. 1GB = 1 billion bytes, formatted capacity is less. Based on standard, 1U server that can house up to 32 x E1.L SSDs, each of which is 30.72TB (usable). 32 x 32TB = 1024TB (unformatted). 32 x 30.72TB = 983 TB (usable); Assuming standard production 42U rack with 36U available for server storage, the total server storage available from the SSDs is 36 x 32 x 32TB = 36,864 TB (unformatted) and 36 x 32 x 30.72TB = 35,389TB = 35.389PB (usable).

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