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Kingston introduces DC500R and DC500M, two new SATA SSDs aimed at the enterprise market

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Kingston has just announced two new lines of enterprise-grade SATA SSDs. The drives offer similar features of other enterprise-level flash storage solutions, including ECC, onboard power loss protection, and more. Compared to other enterprise solutions, Kingston's drives are competitive and look to be aimed at smaller cloud service providers.

While most consumer computers are switching over to speedy NVMe SSDs, there is still a place for the slower SATA standard. At least, Kingston thinks so. To that end, the company has just announced its new DC500 series SATA III SSDs, targeted specifically at the enterprise market.

Kingston is aiming the new SSDs at companies that provide cloud computing and server virtualization services, specifically smaller companies that may not be able to afford expensive NVMe drives. On paper, the drives look expensive for SATA SSDs, but there’s more to an enterprise-level drive than a standard consumer one.

For example, enterprise-grade drives typically offer greater reliability and are often tested more thoroughly than standard drives. The DC500 SSDs also include onboard capacitors that write incoming data to the NAND in the event of a power outage to prevent data corruption. Additionally, the drives are designed to handle access by multiple users for various applications (in contrast to single-user access found with consumer drives).

According to Kingston, the DC500R is “optimized for read-intensive applications” while the DC500M is a jack-of-all-trades drive suited for heavy read and write access. Both drive families include error correcting code (ECC) to mitigate data corruption and are self-encrypting with AES 256-bit encryption. Kingston’s rated drive speeds are about average for a SATA SSD (~555 MB/s Read/525 MB/s Write).

THE DC500R is competitively priced. Compared to a similar Samsung enterprise SATA SSDs (883 DCT and 983 DCT), Kingston’s DC500R is about 10-20% cheaper, depending on the storage capacity.

The DC500R is available for purchase now. The DC500M should be available sometime next week.


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Sam Medley, 2019-03-18 (Update: 2019-03-18)