A Brief Introduction to QLC Technology

Posted by Amanda @ Edge on August 29, 2019 at 5:11 PM

The ability to analyze and read data instantly may just be the most important trend in today’s fast paced data industry. Where read-intensive workloads are concerned, Micron’s quad-level cell (QLC) NAND flash technology is redefining storage.

When compared to similar-density HDD storage, QLC offers several benefits including lower TCO, decreased power consumption, and an increase in rack space. When you take a look at the different NAND-based SSD technologies - single-level cell (2007), multi-level cell (2011), and triple-level cell (2016) – quad-level cell devices provide a significant increase in density per NAND cell. QLC was created with the intention of transitioning enterprise applications to flash-based SSDs, so it makes sense that more and more businesses are moving away from HDDs to QLCs with the promise of 4 bits of storage per cell - for an affordable price.

Top 3 QLC SSD Benefits:

  • Lowered TCO
  • Less power consumption
  • Server footprint reduction

Today, many real-time analytics, big data, machine learning, business intelligence and decision support systems, on demand content streaming, active archives, and NoSQL database applications are making the switch to QLC. What all these applications have in common, is that they require instant viewing access to be efficient – more reads and fewer writes. Micron’s high-capacity QLC-based SSDs are designed to improve the accessibility of these immense amounts of stored data.

Topics: Micron, SSDs, NAND Flash