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Client SSD vs Enterprise SSD – What's the Difference?

Client SSD vs Enterprise SSD – What's the Difference?

For those of you comparing client SSDs vs. enterprise SSDs, it's important to understand the differences before making a big decision.

A cavalier approach to transferring, digesting, analyzing and storing your valuable data resources is not an option. Data should be treated like a valuable commodity to grow your business and outpace your competition. This is more true than ever in an era where training AI models can mean the difference between success and being left behind.

Client SSDs (eg Micron 3500 NVMe SSD) may appear to be a more cost-effective choice than enterprise SSDs (eg Micron 7450 NVMe SSD), but for mission-critical business workloads are not designed. Savings today can result in lost data, slow analytics and lost business tomorrow.

Client SSD vs Enterprise SSD – Which is Best?

Enterprise SSDs clearly outperform client SSDs:

  • Enterprise storage IOPS (input/output operations per second) can be 1X to 10X better than client SSDs, and their stated performance is measured differently. While enterprise SSDs describe their performance as “steady state” (a concept documented by the Storage Networking Association (SNIA) in its public document “Solid State Storage (SSS) Performance Test Details“And also describe in micron brief”Best practices for measuring SSD performance”) – a state where SSD performance is constant, client SSDs measure their performance in a “fresh out of box” (FOB) state in which SSD performance is consistent with typical individual user SSD usage.
  • Client SSD throughput – a critical benchmark for your business operations – drops with constant write traffic, making them slower than enterprise storage solutions.
  • Endurance for enterprise storage is significantly better than client SSD endurance, primarily due to workloads used to define TBW (Total Bytes Write) and (Drive Writes Per Day). While client SSDs use a workload that mimics end-user-specific storage usage, enterprise workloads are typically 4K block random writes – one of the most demanding workloads for an SSD. can face
  • Reliability on enterprise SSDs, typically measured in MTBF (mean time between failures), can reach 3 million hours, while client SSDs are typically 1.5 million hours.
  • Enterprise SSD capacity can be significantly larger than typical client SSD storage. This higher capacity per SSD can help with more storage in the data center.

This is only a partial list, but the choice for your business is clear. Your mission-critical data can't be trusted with anything but purpose-built enterprise SSDs engineered for demanding workloads.

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**Footnote – Enterprise latency can be 10x better than client SSDs.

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This content is written by expert Velocity Micro staff.

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