The Kingston E-series SSDs have delivered a number of benefits to PEER 1 and its customers.
High endurance increases return on investment
In addition to helping PEER 1 meet its 99.9 per cent uptime service level agreements, the 30,000 program erase cycles of the Kingston enterprise-class SSDs give ROI a boost.
"The fact that Kingston uses eMLC technology really increases our return on investment because we know the drive is going to last a lot longer than the typical MLC drives that most of our competitors are offering today," explains Hamner. "As a result, we give our customers a longer life cycle, which equates to more uptime and less time spent replacing drives."
In addition to higher endurance, the Kingston E-series SSDs help Hamner's customers consolidate their infrastructure to do more with less. "In the past, customers that needed to access large data sets quickly were at the mercy of spinning drives. So—I'll be conservative here—in order to achieve half the I/Os of a Kingston SSD, they had to have at least eight spinning drives. Now that Kingston has taken bulk storage and added high I/Os, our customers can buy two drives from us instead and still get the exact amount of storage they need plus much better performance."
High performance enhances customer satisfaction while opening the door to new market segments
During benchmark tests, and in production environments after installation, the Kingston SSDs have delivered superior performance. "The E-series SSD's performance specs really outmatch a lot of the other competitors out there today," says Hamner. "That's been a big benefit to our customers, especially the ones running high I/O applications. The amount of I/O you can get out of these drives is pretty phenomenal—between 50,000 and 60,000 according to our tests."
What does this mean for PEER 1's customers? "The SSD I/Os we've experienced translate into screaming performance for our customers. Not just our gaming customers, but also our database and e-commerce clients that have a lot of visitor traffic to process."
Additionally, PEER 1 managers have developed an offering to appeal to the NoSQL database market. "Previously, we used standard SATA drives but they didn't have the availability that those customers needed," explains Hamner. "Now, we can offer those customers a very robust solution based on highly available, high-performance Kingston SSDs."
Kingston procurement team eliminates supply chain bottlenecks
One of Hamner's main concerns about a potential partnership with Kingston was whether the company could deliver large quantities of SSDs in a timely manner. "One of the great things about working with Kingston is that it's taken the supply chain bottleneck issue off the table. Our account reps usually manage the supply chain; they manage our inventory levels, monitor usage trends and make recommendations that keep the supply running smoothly."