Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) introduced the Micron® Enterprise 5100 Series SATA solid state drive (SSD) family, enabling future-focused data storage platforms to meet the combined demands of performance, capacity and enterprise-class reliability. Micron’s 5100 Series Enterprise SATA SSDs provide IT with an easy migration to bridge the infrastructure divide to tomorrow’s all flash data center.

With an industry-leading 8-terabyte (TB) capacity, the 5100 Series helps you manage the data deluge created by today’s diverse digital universe with performance characteristics perfectly tailored to manage the data tsunami.

  • Better Quality of Service (QoS) – Extremely efficient quality of service (QoS), delivering up to 99 percent better QoS than spinning mediai — reducing mission-critical data delays.
  • Unmatched Capacity – Satisfying a wide range of capacity demands — up to 8TB.  Industry-leading SATA capacity — 2X that of the nearest SSD manufacturer.
  • Application Performance – Engineered for high-performance — 74k random writes. Tunable drive performance and endurance within Micron’s integrated FlexPro firmware architecture.
  • Better TCO: Enhancing Micron’s enterprise data storage offerings, the 5100 Series SSDs help deliver optimized total cost of ownership (TCO) and better data center efficiency through server and storage platform consolidation, enabling reduced IT costs.

“Micron is uniquely positioned to help IT embrace modernization and agility, and leading enterprise and cloud data centers look to Micron for breadth and depth in solid state storage solutions to tame a diverse digital universe,” Darren Thomas, vice president of storage at Micron. “Our Micron 5100 Series SATA SSDs featuring FlexPro architecture offer a seamless migration path with enterprise class reliability and proven ROI, ensuring flexibility, continuity and agility for data management today and tomorrow.”

A Full Product Line Designed to Meet Your Needs
Built on Micron’s industry-leading 3D NAND technology, the 5100 Series offers three models, each designed to satisfy the broadest variation of customer workloads: read-intensive, latency-sensitive mixed-use and write-intensive logging applications.

  • Micron 5100 ECO: Cloud services focused, optimized for content sharing (video and media streaming). Performance and endurance characteristics for consistent data throughput and fast information delivery.
  • Micron 5100 PRO: A true workhorse. Excels in consistent performance delivery for latency-sensitive applications. Enhances your bottom line through better response times (e.g., databases powering e-commerce, trading transactions, etc.).
  • Micron 5100 MAX: Meet un-forecasted demand of today’s mission-critical data center.  Agility and flexibility to respond easily and effectively.

Flex Your Storage Muscles
In addition to faster speeds and feeds, Enterprise SSDs must provide advanced management and optimization tools to help fully utilize their capabilities and maximize lifespan.

To that end, Micron has introduced new FlexPro™ firmware architecture, paving the way for customers to future-proof their storage investment. The FlexPro architecture unifies design elements across all Micron’s data center SSDs and unleashes the true capabilities of the storage media, enabling IT managers to easily tune specific drive features (capacity, security, endurance, power, data layout, data cleanup and performance).

FlexPro firmware architecture features first available in the 5100 SATA Series:

Flex Capacity™ Feature

  • Enables customers to tune 5100 capacity to deliver application and workload-optimized performance. Administrators save time and money with the flexibility to repurpose drives and servers for different kinds of workload traffic and application needs.

Flex Security™ Feature

  • Robust security features to protect valuable data from unauthorized access.  Helps address enterprise security concerns with market-leading data protection and encryption (AES-256 bit encryption, TCG-enterprise protection in a FIPS-validated SATA SSD) with zero performance impact.

Praise for the Micron ® Enterprise 5100 Series SATA SSD
“The new Micron 5100 family of SSDs provide a perfect option to replace HDD storage, delivering a cost-optimized solution to handle diverse workloads while meeting ever-present IT budget constraints,” said Alexey Stolyar, development director, at ICC. “We’re pleased to partner with Micron to support our customers who are seeking storage and computing technologies of the highest quality.”

“Micron’s new 5100 SSD family is a good fit for Linux-based cloud and HPC solutions, giving IT pros a new choice for agile and efficient data center deployments,” said Sue Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer at Silicon Mechanics. “The 5100 Series SATA SSDs deliver the capacity, performance and consistency requested by our customers as they look to solve the challenges of price, performance, and scalability.”

“Enterprise data centers are pressed more than ever to modernize legacy IT while having infrastructure agility,” said Greg Wong, founder and Principal Analyst of Forward Insights. “Storage is a strategic investment in delivering agility and Micron is positioned to take advantage of denser datacenters with the compact design, speed and capacity of their new SSDs.” (Original Source)

Shares of Micron Technology are up nearly 2% to $19.09 in pre-market trading. MU has a 1-year high of $20.44 and a 1-year low of $9.31. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $17.21 and its 200-day moving average is $14.70.

On the ratings front, MU stock has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on December 1, UBS analyst Stephen Chin reiterated a Buy rating on MU, with a price target of $24, which implies an upside of 28% from current levels. Separately, on November 30, Brean Murray Carret’s Mike Burton reiterated a Buy rating on the stock .

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Stephen Chin and Mike Burton have a yearly average return of 8.4% and 8.9% respectively. Chin has a success rate of 66% and is ranked #287 out of 4240 analysts, while Burton has a success rate of 57% and is ranked #245.

Overall, 2 research analysts have rated the stock with a Sell rating, 2 research analysts have assigned a Hold rating and 14 research analysts have given a Buy rating to the stock. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $21.82 which is 16.1% above where the stock closed last Friday.

Micron Technology, Inc. provides semiconductor solutions. It manufactures and distributes semiconductor solutions. It manufactures and markets DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory, as well as other memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems for use in computing, consumer, networking, automotive, industrial, embedded and mobile products. The company operates through four segments: Compute and Networking Business Unit (CNBU), Mobile Business Unit (MBU), Storage Business Unit (SBU), and Embedded Business Unit (EBU). The CNBU segment includes DRAM and NOR Flash products sold to the computing, networking, graphics and cloud server markets. The MBU segment includes DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash products sold to the smartphone, feature phone and tablet mobile device market. The SBU segment includes NAND Flash components and SSDs sold into enterprise and client storage, cloud and removable storage markets. SBU also includes NAND Flash products sold to Intel through its IMFT joint venture. The EBU includes DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash products sold into automotive and industrial applications, as well as the connected home and consumer electronics markets.