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The XPERT feature set gives us the flexibility to design SSDs to meet exact application requirements.

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Our enterprise-class SSDs leverage the SATA 6 Gb/s interface to provide outstanding performance for enterprise servers and system storage. Built with our industry-leading SLC and MLC NAND, optimized error-management, and superior data protection features; our enterprise SSDs leverage our NAND design expertise to deliver completely integrated storage solutions.

So for enterprises struggling to overcome the performance bottlenecks of traditional HDD storage, SSDs can offer a cost-efficient alternative for boosting performance without buying unneeded capacity, hassling with complex implementation, or creating disruptive downtime.

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Real Value for Data Centers

Meet the 24/7 demands of data center appliances and enterprise storage applications that require 1 to 3 drive fills per day with our M500DC SATA enterprise SSD. The M500DC’s rich features and optimized endurance, as well as excellent sustained random performance, is the perfect fit for data centers that need greater data throughput. Its data path protection, power-loss protection, and adaptive read management help to ensure data integrity, extend drive life, and optimize performance.  The M500DC is available in industry-standard 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors and 120GB to 800GB capacities.

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We specifically designed the P400e drive in response to customer requests for a drive with a low total cost of ownership (TCO) and key features like long drive life, enterprise-level data protection, and a wide selection of capacities. Its excellent dollars-per-IOPS performance makes it a competitive replacement for enterprise HDD solutions.

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P400m Enterprise SATA SSD

Growing demand for both high-performance and cost-effective enterprise storage presents a challenge—performance tends to decrease as technology is scaled down to reduce cost. The P400m enterprise SSD resolves this issue with our extended performance and enhanced reliability technology (XPERT).  It delivers high speed, endurance, and reliability with superior data protection features that are unmatched by competing products.  And, the P400m is available at a broadly accessible price point enabled by MLC NAND, which makes it ideal for mainstream applications.

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Title & Description Secure ID# Updated Type
M500DC SSD SMART Implimentation – SMART Command Feature Set for the M500DC: (PDF 339 KB)This technical note provides the self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology (SMART) command (B0h) feature set for the M500DC. TN-FD-26 08/2014 Technical Note
Micron P400m SSD Product Brief: (PDF 305.04 KB)The P400m SSD is the first MLC drive in the mainstream enterprise market. 04/2014 Product Flyer
How Micron Used Enterprise SSDs to Make Its Multibillion-Dollar Fab Fly - A Micron Case Study: (PDF 399.7 KB) Micron's IS architecture team replaced its SAN-based data management with P400m SSDs and saw immediate, measurable benefits in terms of better performance, simpler administration, and and lower cost. 04/2014 Case Study
M500DC SATA Solid State Drive (SSD) Product Brief: (PDF 267.96 KB) M500DC enterprise SATA SSD delivers enhanced performance, optimized endurance, and data protection to data center applications. 04/2014 Product Flyer
Advantages of Micron SSDs for Data Centers: (PDF 255.74 KB) Micron’s broad portfolio of solid state drives provides the right storage solutions to meet the diverse requirements of today’s data centers and data centers of the future. 02/2014 Technical Marketing Brief
Maximize Data Center Performance With Optimized Memory and Storage Solutions: (PDF 725.94 KB) Micron offers a broad portfolio of optimized solutions that deliver improved performance, increased bandwidth with less latency, and improved total cost of ownership. A range of choices—modules for servers and storage arrays, RLDRAM® memory for switch and router packet buffering, SSDs for higher performance and low-power storage, and NOR and NAND Flash for code storage—help businesses scale, simplify, consolidate, and automate, to get the maximum value out of their data centers. 02/2014 Product Flyer
Differences in Personal vs. Enterprise SSD Performance: (PDF 517.87 KB)This document describes some key factors that may impact performance of personal storage SSDs when used in conventional enterprise-class applications, and compares how these two types of drive perform. 12/2013 Technical Marketing Brief
Tackling Fast-Moving Big Data Problems with an SSD Architecture - A Micron/Dstillery Case Study: (PDF 228.07 KB) Advertising technology pioneer, Dstillery, uses our Micron SSDs to replace HDDs to quickly and efficiently execute billions of web transactions with turnaround/delivery times measured in milliseconds. 12/2013 Case Study
NAND Flash Media Management Through RAIN: (PDF 794.03 KB) This brief describes the general concept of RAIN (redundant array of independent NAND) protection in enterprise solid state drives (SSDs) and details how this technology benefits Micron's RealSSD products. 11/2013 Technical Marketing Brief
P400m Compatibility Guide: The P400m compatibility guide is a list of platforms in which Micron has confirmed interoperability with our P400m SSDs. 09/2013 Tool
Unplugging the Network Storage Bottleneck with Local SSD Storage - A Micron Case Study: (PDF 181.23 KB) Micron's SSD controller group uses our own Micron SSDs to replace an HDD NAS appliance for faster local storage that greatly improves system speed and reliability. 07/2013 Case Study
TN-FD-14: P400m SSD SMART Implementation for FW0100/0200/0225: (PDF 747.51 KB)This technical note provides the SMART command (0xB0) feature set for the P400m SSD Firmware 0100, 0200, and 0225. TN-FD-14 06/2013 Technical Note
Networking Solutions Guide: (PDF 240.27 KB)This guide outlines Micron’s various solutions—from DRAM components and modules to NOR and NAND Flash to solid state drives (SSDs)—available for networking applications. 06/2013 Other Documents
Micron SSDs Offer a Superior Solution for Accelerating MySQL Databases: (PDF 341.88 KB)Micron SSDs accelerate MySQL databases by providing dramatically faster random data access and higher I/O throughput. 04/2013 Technical Marketing Brief
SSDs for Big Data – Fast Processing Requires High-Peformance Storage: (PDF 354.29 KB)SSDs are a popular solution for big data applications, but not all deployments are the same and not all SSDs are the same. Workload performance and endurance requirements should be considered before deciding between enterprise or personal storage SSDs. 04/2013 Technical Marketing Brief
P400e SSD Product Brief: (PDF 79.87 KB)Enabled by our advanced 25nm MLC NAND Flash, our P400e SSD provides reliable high performance for read-intensive enterprise applications such as boot drives, direct-attached storage, blade servers, and primary drives. 03/2013 Product Flyer
Evaluating SSD Manufacturers: Why NAND Expertise Matters: (PDF 186.96 KB)Not all SSDs are created equal; it's important to consider a manufacturer's NAND Flash expertise before purchasing an SSD. 03/2013 Technical Marketing Brief
SSDs for Industrial Markets Segment Flyer : (PDF 220.95 KB)Withstand Rugged Industrial Conditions with Solid State Storage 02/2013 Product Flyer
TN-FD-16: P400e SSD SMART Implementation for FW0152: (PDF 740.66 KB)This technical note provides the SMART command (B0h) feature set for the P400e SSD Firmware 0152. tn-fd-16 02/2013 Technical Note
The Effect of Host Data Patterns on SSD Write Performance: (PDF 434.23 KB)Despite their deceptively similar appearance, SSDs are not functionally identical to rotating drives (HDDs). This technical marketing brief focuses on one key way in which these devices differ: the effect that traffic patterns have on write performance. 12/2012 Technical Marketing Brief
The SMART Command Feature Set for the P400e SSD Firmware 0142: (PDF 724.87 KB)The intent of the SMART command feature set is to protect user data and minimize the likelihood of unscheduled system downtime that may be caused by predictable degradation and/or fault of the device. TN-FD-10 12/2012 Technical Note
Best Practices for SSD Performance Measurement: (PDF 1 MB)SSDs have pronounced write-history sensitivity, which means that they have unique requirements for accurately measuring their performance. This technical marketing brief documents how Micron measures enterprise SSD performance. 09/2012 Technical Marketing Brief
P300 Enterprise SSD Product Brief: (PDF 131.42 KB)RealSSD P300 drives are the industry’s first enterprise-class SSDs to leverage the SATA 6 Gb/s interface, providing stellar performance and low latency for enterprise servers, storage systems, and blade servers. 02/2012 Product Flyer
The SMART Command Feature Set for P400e Firmware 0135 and 0152: (PDF 726.05 KB)The intent of the SMART command feature set is to protect user data and minimize the likelihood of unscheduled system downtime that may be caused by predictable degradation and/or fault of the device. TN-FD-05 01/2012 Technical Note
TN-FD-06: P400e SATA SSD SMART Self-Test Reference: (PDF 119 KB)This technical note describes the self-test modes, commands, values, and result checks for the self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology (SMART) used for the P400e SATA SSDs. TN-FD-06 12/2011 Technical Note
A Comparison of Client and Enterprise SSD Data Path Protection: (PDF 636.4 KB)This technical marketing brief details and compares the key data path protection features that are designed into Micron’s RealSSD™ client and enterprise drives. 11/2011 Technical Marketing Brief
SoftLayer Technologies and the RealSSD P300 Drive: (PDF 502.18 KB)Beating the Curve: How Micron's RealSSD P300 Drive Plugged Into SoftLayer's Performance Parameters. How Micron's RealSSD P300 proved to be the ideal enterprise SSD to drive data center performance for the world's largest privately owned hosting company. 10/2011 Case Study
SSD Performance States: (PDF 300.95 KB)Discusses performance states for NAND-based SSDs and discusses performance measured as variability over time and amount of data written. 04/2011 White Paper
Micron RealSSD P300 SSDs Maximize Throughput: (PDF 171.39 KB)Five reasons why Micron P300 drives are right for enterprise applications. 08/2010 Product Flyer
The Future of Memory and Storage: (PDF 1.54 MB)Overview of trends for main memory and Flash memory 12/2009 Presentation
A Closer Look at NAND Flash: (PDF 2.7 MB)Exploring the possibilities of SSDs 12/2009 Presentation
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SSD Part Numbering System: (PDF 41.45 KB)Part numbering guide for SSD products 06/2014 Part Numbering Guide
Nonvolatile Memory for Multiple Markets : (PDF 177.33 KB)Describes why Micron NVM is the best fit for your applications 01/2014 Product Flyer
Media Management in Solid State Drives: Multistep WRITE Operations: (PDF 823.8 KB)SSDs write data differently than conventional rotating hard drives (HDDs)—in a multistep process versus a single-step process. This brief examines the multistep write process for SSDs. 04/2012 Technical Marketing Brief
SSDs: A Shift in Data Storage: (PDF 1.21 MB)Overview of advantages, products for different markets, reliability 12/2009 Presentation
History of Digital Storage: (PDF 739.09 KB)This paper surveys the memory storage landscape of the past 50 years starting at the beginning of digital storage and paying homage to IBM™'s groundbreaking RAMAC disk storage unit and StorageTek™'s DRAM-based SSD; then enumerating the benefits of modern NAND Flash memory and advanced SSDs; and finally looking forward to the near-future possibilities of nonvolatile storage. 12/2009 White Paper
Putting SSDs to the Test: (PDF 190.07 KB)A recap of how Micron and Flexstar came to work together to develop and improve their own SSDs and SSD test platforms, respectively, and at the same time help move the industry forward with more reliable benchmarking. 12/2009 Case Study
Why SSDs for Ultrathins: (PDF 53.68 KB)Poised to become the platform of choice for mobile computing, ultrathins deliver their most impressive benefits because of Flash storage like SSDs. Product Flyer
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Product Marks/Product and Packaging Labels: (PDF 1.46 MB)Explains product part marking, and product and packaging labels. CSN-11 07/2014 Customer Service Note
Shipping Quantities: (PDF 1.22 MB)Provides standard part quantities for shipping. CSN-04 03/2014 Customer Service Note
RMA Procedures for Packaged Product and Bare Die Devices: (PDF 76.22 KB)Outlines standard returned material authorization (RMA) procedures, as well as the differences associated with bare die RMAs. CSN-07 01/2014 Customer Service Note
Wafer Packaging and Packaging Materials: (PDF 591.42 KB)Provides complete shipping and recycling information about each of the materials used for shipping Micron's products. CSN-20 11/2013 Customer Service Note
Thermal Applications: (PDF 246.79 KB)Describes some considerations in thermal applications for Micron memory devices TN-00-08 07/2013 Technical Note
Moisture Absorption in Plastic Packages: (PDF 97.08 KB)Describes shipping procedures for preventing memory devices from absorbing moisture and recommendations for baking devices exposed to excessive moisture TN-00-01 02/2013 Technical Note
Micron Component and Module Packaging: (PDF 1.41 MB)Explanation of Micron packaging labels and procedures. CSN-16 01/2013 Customer Service Note
Micron BGA Manufacturer's User Guide: (PDF 388.76 KB)Provides information to enable customers to easily integrate both leading-edge and legacy Micron's ball grid array (BGA) packages into their manufacturing processes. It is intended as a set of high-level guidelines and a reference manual describing typical package-related and manufacturing process-flow practices. CSN-33 12/2012 Customer Service Note
Electronic Data Interchange: (PDF 52.45 KB)Describes EDI transmission sets, protocol, and contacts. CSN-06 11/2012 Customer Service Note
PCN/EOL Systems: (PDF 79.21 KB)Explains Micron's product change notification and end-of-life systems. CSN-12 04/2012 Customer Service Note
Lead Frame Package User Guidelines: (PDF 245.66 KB)Discusses Micron's lead-frame package options CSN-30 05/2011 Customer Service Note
ESD Precautions for Die/Wafer Handling and Assembly: (PDF 120.81 KB)Describes the benefits of controlling ESD in the workplace, including higher yields and improved quality and reliability, resulting in reduced manufacturing costs. CSN-24 08/2010 Customer Service Note
Micron KGD Definitions: (PDF 65.52 KB)Describes the testing specifications and parameters for Micron's KGD-C1 and KGD-C2 DRAM die. CSN-22 07/2009 Customer Service Note
Bare Die SiPs and MCMs: (PDF 151.06 KB)Describes design considerations for bare die SiPs and MCMs. CSN-18 04/2009 Customer Service Note

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Enterprise SATA SSD FAQs (26)

What value does the P400m provide?

The P400m strikes a balance between price and performance not often seen in the enterprise market.  Built from the ground up using Micron’s custom 25nm eMLC NAND, the P400m delivers world-class performance, reliability, and endurance.

Is the P400m a replacement for your P300 drive?

Yes, this product replaces the P300. The P400m is designed for performance data storage and cloud computing applications that require a much higher endurance and workload mix. The P400m offers several key features and enhancements compared to the P300, which include high endurance, consistently high performance, low power, and superior data protection.

Does the P400m have power-loss protection?

Yes, the P400m’s onboard capacitors continually store power for emergency use. In the event of a power loss, the capacitors provide enough power for the drive to commit all pending write commands.

What type of data protection does the P400m offer?

The P400m offers data path protection like other Micron enterprise drives. Additionally, it offers redundant array of independent NAND (RAIN) architecture that provides device-integrated algorithms that are RAID 5 across the Flash channels.

What is RAIN and why is RAIN important?

Micron’s RAIN management is a unique technology within the controller firmware designed to manage device reliability. RAIN protects the NAND device from data loss at any age; unlike ECC technology, RAIN recovers lost data beyond page, block, and die-level failures. The benefits of RAIN include:

  • No system-level performance degradation
  • Automatic background rebuild when a failure is detected
  • Continued operation after a channel failure
  • Parity level optimizations
  • Data management schemes

RAIN extends the lifespan of the P400m and provides the customer with data backup and management. RAIN makes NAND data loss extraordinarily unlikely, regardless of the age of the NAND device.

How does the P400m achieve the same endurance as the SLC P300?

The P400m uses Micron’s XPERT architecture to achieve maximum performance and endurance at a competitive price.

What is XPERT?

Extended performance and enhanced reliability technology (XPERT) is a suite of Micron-designed storage architecture enhancements that help to extend drive life and ensure data integrity. 

Micron aligns NAND design, SSD firmware development, and hardware integration to create a comprehensive architecture that optimizes enterprise-class SSDs to meet the unrelenting demands of today’s data centers.

For more information, see our XPERT technical brief.

How is P400m eMLC different from standard MLC?

P400m eMLC NAND is designed specifically for enterprise SSD applications and is not available for use in any other product. 

Do you overprovision? Why is that important?

Yes. The P400m overprovisions space to provide enterprise-level endurance, latency, and reliability. Overprovisioning provides additional working space in the drive that enables the controller to execute background tasks while foreground tasks (host I/O) run with consistent latency and performance levels.

What types of applications will benefit from enterprise-class SSDs?
Applications that have a high percentage of random operations, require high performance in terms of inputs/outputs per second (IOPs) and low latency, need high endurance, and require high data retention or are deployed in harsh environments are a good target for enterprise SSDs. End products that align to these types of requirements are boot drives, enterprise servers, blade servers, and appliance devices. In addition, there are industrial and military applications where the need for high reliability is important, and these applications will benefit from a high-endurance NAND-based product.
When disabling the drive write cache, the performance drops, especially on writes. Why?
As with any write-intensive application, cache (typically DRAM) is faster than the underlying NAND, so enabling the write cache will improve any drive’s performance—so long as the cache is not filled with incoming data. However, in applications where data integrity is paramount, disabling the Micron write cache will have less of an effect on Micron drives than it would in other drives.
What NAND is used in the P400e drive?
Micron’s 25nm MLC ONFI 2.2 NAND. This 25nm MLC NAND is used across all P400e capacities.
What RAID controllers and HBAs have been qualified with the P300 and P400e drives?
Micron is working jointly with the top 6 Gb/s RAID card and HBA vendors to both qualify and optimize their products for use with the Micron drives. These efforts are ongoing; contact your Micron sales representative for the latest information.
Where are enterprise SSDs used?
Enterprise SSDs are starting to see segmented application spaces, and SSDs are being tailored to address each of these segments. The P400e drives are being used as boot drives, which are data storage media used to load and run operating systems or other program utilities in the entry segment.. P300 drives are also in appliance devices, which are purpose-built, single-function systems like e-mail-archiving applications, biometric-authentication devices, or network-management appliances that fall within the mainstream segment.P320h drives are being used in high-performance segments that are currently focused on PCIe-interfaced devices.
Whose firmware is used on the P400e drive?
All firmware was designed, developed, and tested by Micron’s engineering teams and is focused on supporting the entry segment of read-intensive workloads.
Will the P300 and P400e drives appear on any 6 Gb/s RAID controller or HBA vendor’s approved hardware list?
Yes. Micron is working jointly with the top 6 Gb/s RAID card and HBA vendors to ensure complete interoperability with their devices and to get Micron’s drives listed on their approved-hardware lists. These efforts are ongoing; contact your Micron sales representative for the latest information.
Which applications benefit from disabling the write cache?
Any application where data loss is a paramount concern can benefit from disabling the write cache. Such applications would include databases in which the SSD is the primary storage system, network appliances whose configuration is frequently updated/logged, video recording systems (but not typically video playback), and any enterprise deployment in which the hosts are not protected by a UPS.
Whose firmware is used on the P300 drive?
All firmware was designed, developed, and tested by Micron’s engineering teams and is focused on supporting the mainstream segment of write-intensive or mixed workloads.
I’m using 2.5" SATA rotating drives now. Are the Micron drives a faster, "drop-in" replacement?
Yes. The P300 and P400e drives are designed to replace rotating SATA drives and offers read/write performance that is far superior to a typical hard disk drive. Micron drives also provide better endurance and a more environmentally rugged solution that resists shock and vibration.
What advantage does Micron offer over other SSDs on the market?
To be a successful SSD supplier takes more than just one solid product, it also requires scale for growth and breadth of products, technical leadership, a robust supply chain, a focus on quality, and a roadmap for future SSDs. Many of today’s SSD competitors are capable of meeting only one or a few of these important attributes, but a customer who is working with Micron receives all of these benefits.
Can the P300 and P400e drives be used in storage systems with SAS controllers?
Yes. From the protocol perspective, any SAS host can control the P300 and P400e drives. In the case of a dual-controller SAS host, you will need to integrate a "paddle board" to convert the single interface (SATA) Micron drives into a dual-interface (SAS) device. These "paddle boards" are common in the market, but selection, integration, and validation tasks are left to the customer.
What are the benefits of the SATA 6 Gb/s interface?
The SATA 6 Gb/s allows for higher drive performance because the interface can move more data and keep pace with the speed of the P300 drive. For reference, the SATA 3 Gb/s interface, after factoring in typical bottlenecks through the host interface, can move about 275 MB/s at its maximum. If a drive can achieve over 275 MB/s, the 3 Gb/s interface becomes a bottleneck. The P300 drive can read data up to 360 MB/s, so the host interface would end up limiting the P300 drive’s performance if we hadn’t transitioned to a 6 SATA Gb/s interface. Because the SATA 6 Gb/s interface can move approximately twice the bandwidth, this allows the P300 drive to maximize its throughput and provide industry-leading performance.
What is the P400e SSD, and where is it best used?
The P400e drive addresses enterprise entry-level applications (high read, low cost) and comes with an aggressive Micron-developed enterprise FW and controller to ensure proper enterprise support at a price point that allows for hard disk drive (HDD) replacement. The P300 drive leverages Micron’s 25nm MLC NAND and is focused on read-centric applications. It has advanced wear leveling, over-provisioning, and enterprise data path protection (DPP) to ensure long-term support of MLC NAND in specific applications.
What NAND is used in the P300 drive?
Micron’s 34nm SLC ONFI 2.1 NAND. This 34nm SLC NAND is used across all P300 capacities.
What is driving the adoption of SSDs in the enterprise storage space?
As more and more companies explore ways to minimize their energy footprint, SSDs (solid state drives) are attracting a lot of attention because of their lower power consumption. The desire to maximize system performance and improve system reliability also helps push companies toward SSDs. Finally, the low failure rate and higher I/O bandwidth are tangible benefits of SSDs over traditional hard disk drives.
What is the P300 SSD, and where is it best used?
The P300 drive addresses mainstream applications (high-endurance, enterprise/appliance workloads) and comes with a Micron-developed Flash translation layer that improves read/write performance, optimizes write endurance, and lowers the overall write amplification. The P300 drive leverages Micron’s 34nm SLC NAND, which provides a more cost-effective price-per-GB, larger capacity (up to 200GB), improved data throughput, and enhanced write-cache-disabled performance.

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