Kingston is well-known for its high-quality memory and storage products. For years we’ve enjoyed reliable products from Kingston, which as you know, are always evolving differently than the whole market. This time I will present the DC500M SSD, which is designed for data centers. Still, because of their affordable price, high reliability, and high performance, they are also perfect for home or office solutions.
In this review, I will focus on a single SSD and two SSD RAID configurations in a high-end PC that could be used as a workstation or a gaming PC. In a couple of days, I will present the same SSD in a NAS/DAS environment with TerraMaster professional series storage devices, for which it is hard to find any better SSD than the DC500M.
After a short introduction and some technical details, we will take a look at the performance as it’s the most important for most users. Stay with us to see some exceptional numbers in various benchmarks.
DC500 2.5″ Enterprise SSD 6GBps SATA SSD for Read-Centric and Mixed-Use Drives
Data Centre 500 Series
Kingston’s Data Centre 500 (DC500R / DC500M) series of solid-state drives are high-performance 6Gbps SATA SSDs that use the latest 3D TLC NAND, designed for read-centric and mixed-use server workloads. They implement Kingston’s strict QoS requirements to ensure predictable random I/O performance as well as predictable low latencies over a wide range of read and write workloads. They can increase productivity for AI, machine learning, big data analytics, cloud computing, software-defined storage, operational databases (ODB), database applications, and data warehousing. Capacities from 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB
Enterprise Data Centre SSD
Delivering on business demands for 24/7 uptime and reliability, Kingston Enterprise SSDs offer high-performing storage that combines predictable performance with rigorously tested reliability. Kingston’s DC500 Series SSDs offer features that enable data centers to select the most cost-effective SSD for their workload(s). Businesses require results in order to deliver on products, solutions, and service level agreements (SLAs). Kingston’s DC500 Series SSDs are designed to deliver on these expectations.
DC500R: Read-centric SSD
DC500R is a highly optimized SSD designed for read-centric workloads, enabling data centers to select SSDs tailored for workloads without overspending on more expensive write-intensive SSDs. It delivers I/O speeds and response times (latency) that a data center can deploy with confidence to ensure high levels of performance in the working application and downstream at the user interface. These are typically defined by applications that require real-time results. Serving large amounts of data and delivering responsive results from a variety of databases and web-based applications can leverage the receptive performance of the DC500R.
DC500M: Mixed-use SSD
DC500M is a powerful SSD designed for mixed-use workload applications where the demand has a more balanced mix of read and write operations. It delivers greater write endurance over a wide range of workloads while maintaining the strict performance consistency requirements designed into all of Kingston’s data center SSDs. Data centers that host databases and various web-based applications can leverage the predictable I/O and latency performance while controlling infrastructure costs.
The DC500 series SSDs incorporate end-to-end data path protection to help guarantee that all user data transferred into the SSD is protected against transient errors. The DC500R and DC500M both include on-board power-loss protection (PLP) via power capacitors and firmware. This ensures data-in-flight is written to the NAND Flash memory in the event of unexpected power loss. Additionally, PLP ensures that the drives’ mapping table (FTL) is updated prior to power being removed from the drive. These power loss safeguards reduce the chance of data loss and ensure that the drive will successfully re-initialize on the next power-up of the system.
Quality of Service (QoS)
The DC500 series delivers on QoS with consistency, predictability of latency (response time), and IOPS (IOs per Second) performance while servicing balanced read and write workloads. Performance predictability is essential for web hosting applications that must deliver on SLAs promised to customers. The DC500 series efficiency produces the reliability needed for web server applications that require read-centric drives or mixed-use intensive workloads where uptime is mission-critical.
Application use cases
Designed for service providers running a wide range of customer applications, including:
- High-speed databases
- High-bandwidth media streaming
- SQL server reporting services (SSRS)
- BI, ERP, CRM, GL, OLAP, OLTP, ERM, and EDW workloads
- Cloud service providers
- Predictable random I/O performance and latencies over a wide range of workloads
- Read-centric design for performance in high read-intensive workloads (DC500R)
- Mixed-use design for balanced performance in high read/write-intensive workloads (DC500M)
- Configurable over-provisioning
- On-board power loss protection (PLP)
Both DC500R and DC500M feature enterprise-class reliability with end-to-end data path protection, SMART health monitoring, and strong ECC. They are backed by legendary pre and post-sales support along with a five-year limited warranty.
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