At VMWorld 2012, Kingston has launched their new E100 enterprise class SSD specifically designed to deliver enterprise class performance, reliability and durability. Kingston’s new E100 SSD claims a longevity of 10x over their past consumer SSDs with a replacing of the standard MLC NAND with the new eMLC (enterprise MLC) NAND. eMLC is a specific type of MLC NAND that is designed for the enterprise who’s specific purpose is to accommodate more write cycles per cell.

Because of the introduction of technologies like eMLC, DuraClass, and RAISE, Kingston’s E100 SSD claims an mean time between failure (MTBF) of 10,000,000 hours, which realistically isn’t testable since that would amount to 1,141 years. The MTBF is an estimate created based upon the type of NAND used as well as the fact that these drives have no moving parts. Standard MLC runs between 3K and 10K cycles while eMLC runs between 20K and 30K. Kingston’s eMLC is 30K which means 30,000 write cycles for the whole drive. Kingston does also make a consumer drive with 3K NAND which is designed to be a more affordable SSD, but with an obviously shorter lifespan. This is how Kingston claims the 10X improvement of the life of the drive.

Kingston will be offering the E100 in three capacities starting at 100GB going up to 200GB and ending at 400GB, per drive. Also, these drives are SATA 3.0 (6Gbps) and deliver sequential reads of up to 535 MB/s and writes of up to 500 MB/s. They also claim to deliver a sustained random 4K read/write of up to 47,00 and 81,000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second). These drives also allow for low power consumption like most SSDs with the reads taking up 1.2W and writes taking up to 5W on the 400GB model and 2.7W on the 100GB model.

In addition to the 10 million hour MTBF, the drive is also covered under Kingston’s 3 year warranty, which is the same as their three year warranty on their HyperX gaming SSDs. However, it is LESS than the 5 year warranty that they offer on their KC series of SSDs which is supposed to be their ‘business class’ offering. Hopefully we’ll get our hands on a few of these and test them out in RAID as we see that to be the best use case scenario for SSDs at this time. Obviously, with a VMWorld launch, Kingston is trying to target the high performance database and virtual machine world and that appears to be one of the most valid applications. It should be interesting to see how these drives compare to say, an OCZ or Fusion-IO solution.