Kioxia has a new FL6 corporate SSD. This unit is SLC and using the same stacking Samsung uses for their SSD. The result is incredible durable media.

  • PCIe 4.0 and NVMe 1.4 specification compliant; ready for NVMe-oF deployments
  • Native dual-port for high-availability and resiliency
  • 60 DWPD endurance and capacities from 800 GB to 3200 GB
  • Enterprise reliability of 2.5M hours
  • SED and FIPS 140-2 security options
  • U.2 (SFF-8639) interface
  • 5 year warranty

The Kioxia FL6 can handle 60 drive writes a day which would make a busy ecommerce database happy. Facebook and a few other high traffic sites might but a few containers full of them for the same endurance reasons. The FL6 looks like it’s perfect for databases.

Kioxia’s announcement contains no executive’s quote and says the FL6 bridges “the gap between DRAM and TLC-based drives, making them well-suited to latency-sensitive use cases such as caching layer, tiering and write logging.”

The FL6 Series performs well on low queue depth workloads but its true strengths are revealed as workloads become more demanding and mixed. In these environments, FL6 drives deliver reliable quality of service – a critical attribute for a wide variety of latency-sensitive applications.

Many high performance servers use fiber channel which has also been seen widely with mainframe systems. Fiber channel now reaches 128 gigabit speeds which favor higher performance SAN applications. The FL6 performance is perfect for supercomputing systems as well.

The KIOXIA FL6 Series is now sampling to key industry partners and customers.  Volume shipments will depend on orders from server vendors.

This SSD is tad too pricey for gaming but it still has some drool factor to it. The conventional 30TB SSD U.2 (SFF-8639) drives are less expensive but they have similar performance for servers and rich gamers. The FL6 is far too costly for consumers to even consider.

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