Published August 29, 2023

Author Solidigm Team


Top 5 Benefits of Solidigm D5-Series SSDs for Edge Storage Solutions

Reasons why data center strategists are choosing the Solidigm D5-P5430 and D5-P5336 for edge computing


As the number of connected devices explodes—there are expected to be 29 billion Internet of Things (IoT) in 2030—so does the importance of edge networks. To ensure the data all these distributed devices generate and require is quickly and easily accessible, organizations are increasingly storing it locally, at the edge. 

The potential high performance, low latency, and cost savings benefits of edge storage have made it a massive market. Edge computing global revenue is set to reach $274 billion U.S. dollars by 2025. To maximize the value of edge storage and unleash the full potential of edge computing, organizations need high density solid-state drives (SSDs) that can meet (or exceed) their storage performance, capacity, and efficiency requirements.

Here are the top five reasons organizations are choosing Solidigm D5-P5430 for their edge storage needs.

  • 1. Value

    Solidigm SSDs provide massive lifetime writes with TLC-like read performance on QLC economics. These edge-ready solutions support both mainstream and read-intensive workloads, providing unique density, efficiency, and serviceability advantages without sacrificing performance.
    • D5-P5336 can deliver up to 61% lower total cost of ownership [1] vs. HDDs+TLC hybrid arrays
    • D5-P5430 offers up to 39% lower total cost per year versus hybrid array object storage
  • 2. Performance

    Solidigm delivers high performance, with the fast read and write speeds and low latency required to meet the data demands of real-time applications and ultra-responsive services found at the edge. Solidigm SSDs also provide high endurance, ensuring consistent performance over extended periods of heavy workloads.

    • D5-P5430 can deliver equivalent read performance and up to 14% higher lifetime writes versus PCIe TLC SSDs 
  • 3. Form Factor Density

    Solidigm uses the enterprise and data center standard form factor (EDSFF) E3 Family, which improves the electrical, mechanical, and logical capabilities of SSDs, to maximize storage efficiency and capacity at the edge. This compact form factor, combined with the use of QLC flash, enables Solidigm to provide higher storage capacities in edge servers. This allows organizations to scale their storage to handle exploding data demands at the edge, even when physical space is extremely limited. 

    • D5-P5430 can deliver up to 1.5x higher density storage versus all-TLC SSDs
    • D5-P5430 supports capacities up to 30.72TB and D5-P5336 supports capacities up to 61.44TB
    • When compared to widely adopted PCIe TLC SSDs, the D5-P5430 can support up to 4x more capacity in the same space
    • D5-P5430 can be deployed in an array of 1U and 2U configurations. This drive supports U.2 E1.L and E3.S 
    • D5-P5430 is a U.2 15 mm, E3.S 7.5mm form factor, and E1.S 9.5mm form factors
  • 4. Reliability

    Solidigm has proven the reliability of quad-level cell (QLC) flash over four generations of SSDs and has demonstrated this technology can meet the endurance and performance demands required at the edge at a cost-efficient price point. Solidigm SSDs are also rugged and reliable (with no moving parts), so they can withstand the challenging conditions of many edge environments. 

    • D5-P5430 is validated and tested beyond industry standards and common practices with built-in data integrity
  • 5. Sustainability

    Solidigm improves sustainability with energy-efficient SSDs that require less power and cooling to run than traditional storage. This means Solidigm SSDs operate effectively in edge environments with energy constraints. 

    • D5-P5430 can deliver up to 5x higher density storage, 4.3x lower 5-year energy consumption, and 3.8x fewer drives to disposition at end-of-life compared to a hybrid array D5-P5430 can deliver up to 18% lower 5-year energy cost versus all-TLC SSDs
    • D5-P5430 can deliver up to 18% lower 5-year energy cost versus all-TLC SSDs

Get started

To learn more about edge requirements and how Solidigm can deliver for your workloadsplease visit the Solidigm D5-P5430 Product Brief

[1] Reduce TCO up to 61% compared to hybrid HDD + TLC storage arrays 

Analysis based on 100PB object storage solution deployment. Solution parameters: 42U rack capacity, 34U available for storage, 2U servers @ 10x 3.5” HDDs + 2x 15.36TB TLC SSD vs. 24x P5336 drives per server. Max 2U bays based on HPE Proliant DL385 Gen 11 configuration. Calculated duty cycles to deliver equivalent throughput per TB: 20% for HDD array, 8.9% for all-QLC solution. RAID 1 mirroring used for QLC; Hybrid set for Hadoop triplication. D5-P5336 configuration: 61.44TB, U.2, 7000 MB/s throughput, 25W average active write power, 5W idle power. Hybrid configuration: Capacity - Seagate EXOS X20 18TB 3.5” SAS HDD ST120000NM002D (datasheet), 70% short-stroked throughput calculated to 500 MB/s; 9.4W average active power, 5.4W idle power. Max 2U 3.5” bays based on Supermicro 2U SuperServer design. Cache – Micron 7450 15.36TB, 6800 MB/s throughput, 16.6W average active write power, 5W idle power. Common solution attributes: Power Cost = $0.15/KWHr; PUE factor = 1.60; Empty Rack Purchase Cost = $1,200; System Cost = $10,000; Rack Cost for Deployment Term = $171,200. Calculations based on Solidigm TCO estimations as of March 2023. See details in appendix. TCO calculations based on internal Solidigm TCO estimator tool. 


Top 5 Benefits of Solidigm D5-Series SSDs for Edge Storage Solutions