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Micron Introduces New Solid-State Drive for Data Center Servers and Storage Platforms

Micron Introduces New Solid-State Drive for Data Center Servers and Storage
Platforms

Key Messages:

  *The new Micron P400m is designed for data center servers, appliances and
    storage platforms that manage the volume and velocity of big data
  *First 25nm MLC NAND SSD to implement Micron's XPERT for extending SSD
    performance and enhancing drive life span and data integrity
  *A high endurance SSD, achieving 10 drive fills per day for five years
  *Provides superior data protection, consistent high performance, low power,
    and low latency
  *Comes in 100, 200, and 400 GB capacities and standard 2.5-inch 7mm form
    factor

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BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Micron Technology, Inc.,
(Nasdaq:MU) today announced its next-generation solid state drive (SSD) for
data center servers, appliances, and storage platforms that manage the volume
and velocity of big data. The new Micron P400m SSD is a high-endurance SATA
caching and storage solution that was designed to handle the amassing
petabytes of structured and unstructured digital information that is created,
stored and accessed every day in data centers.

Data reliability and system uptime have always been primary concerns for data
center managers, but the accelerating influx of data and massive demand spikes
add new pressures that require different, more responsive storage systems. The
Micron P400m was designed precisely for this environment. It offers the high
reliability and high endurance that is critical for high-performance storage
tiers, accelerating throughput, and responding to the peak demand periods that
these new applications create.

"The growth in big data is placing tremendous pressure on IT administrators.
Users require fast, on-demand access to data. This means data centers must
deliver more data, faster than ever before—in an environment that has zero
tolerance for data loss," said Ed Doller, VP and general manager of Micron's
Enterprise SSD division. "Integrating flash storage into the data center is
the preferred way administrators can meet these growing demands. The Micron
P400m delivers the endurance, reliability, and performance critical for data
center storage."

The growing demand for high-performance, cost-effective enterprise storage
requires the latest NAND flash technology. Paradoxically, flash technology
also loses performance and endurance and is generally harder to work with as
it's scaled down into these new designs. The P400m resolves this conflict by
implementing Micron's Extended Performance and Enhanced Reliability Technology
(XPERT), which closely integrates the storage media and controller through
highly-optimized firmware algorithms and hardware enhancements. The end result
is a set of market-focused enterprise features that deliver increased data
performance and reliability. To learn more about Micron's XPERT, read our tech
brief:
http://www.micron.com/~/media/Documents/Products/Technical%20Marketing%20Brief/xpert_feature_set.pdf

All manufacturing, testing, and qualification for the Micron P400m is
completed solely at Micron facilities. Close communication between Micron NAND
and SSD engineers enables the highest degree of integration between the flash
media and its management, and the in-house manufacturing ensures complete
quality control during the entire drive development, test, manufacture, and
shipment process. This quality control ensures drive reliability for which
Micron SSDs are known. To watch a video about how Micron SSDs are made, visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZJzLQJMdXs

With XPERT at its core, key features of the Micron P400m include:

  *High Endurance – XPERT extends drive life, making the P400m perfect for
    write-intensive workloads. It is designed to achieve 10 drive fills per
    day for five years, which (for the 400GB drive) is the equivalent of
    writing every picture posted to Facebook daily for 311 days straight
    (about 78 billion photos total^1).
  *Superior Data Protection – The Micron P400m was designed with multiple
    features for data protection—including onboard power loss
    protection—providing peace of mind that your data is always right where it
    should be.
  *Consistent High Performance –Consistent delivery of high throughput and
    IOPs are critical to providing the performance required in all-flash and
    tiered storage arrays (tiered storage groups place fast storage in front
    of slower, high-volume storage to create a versatile system that has both
    high performance and high capacity).
  *Low Power – The Micron P400m consumes significantly less power than HDDs
    (dramatically less when measured in Watts per work achieved) and requires
    almost zero cooling.
  *Low Latency – The P400m delivers reliably low latency times, which are
    critical to creating a storage system that can consistently respond to
    unpredictable demand spikes.

This SSD further expands Micron's enterprise-class storage portfolio,
providing a targeted caching and mass storage solution for key applications
including active real-time databases, virtual machine image storage, virtual
memory, array-level write cache, low maintenance storage appliances, and video
on demand. The P400m SSD adds to Micron's strong enterprise SSD portfolio,
which includes an established boot and log SATA drive aimed at cloud and Web
2.0 applications, the P400e, as well as the high-performance P320h PCIe IO
accelerator.

The P400m comes in 100, 200 and 400 gigabyte (GB) capacities and a standard
2.5-inch 7-millimeter (mm) form factor to serve a wide range of markets. The
drive is currently in production and is sold direct to OEMs and through
Micron's extensive distribution network.

A video overview of the P400m and its target markets can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHmDnSKHQpM

^1 Calculations based on 250 million photo uploads per day to Facebook and an
average photo size of 90KB (due to Facebook upload limitations of 2048 x 2048
pixels)
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/stats-on-facebook-2012-infographic/40301/.
Drives are warranted in accordance with Micron's standard terms and conditions
of sale.

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About Micron

Micron Technology, Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of advanced
semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures
and markets a full range of DRAM, NAND and NOR flash memory, as well as other
innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems
for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, embedded and mobile
products. Micron's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU symbol.
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