October, 2021

Seagate Announced IronWolf 525 M.2 NVMe SSD for NAS

Seagate SSD IronWolf

The Seagate is continuing their leadership in targeting the prosumer / SMB / SME NAS markets with the launch of the IronWolf 525 NVMe SSDs. These M.2-2280 form-factor SSDs are based on the Phison E16 (PS5016-E16-32) PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe SSD controller and are backward compatible with PCIe 3.0. They can slot into the same places where the IronWolf 510 SSDs are currently being used. Seagate offers three capacities: 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB.

Seagate intends that the IronWolf 525 NVMe SSDs will be used in commercial and entry-level enterprise NAS units, high-performance workstations, and in U.2 NVMe SSD drive bays with U.2 to M.2 adapters. These SSDs appear to have the same hardware (including the Kioxia BiCS 4 96L 3D TLC flash) as the Seagate FireCuda 520 series and modified firmware to enable the NAS-specific features such as IHM.

According to Seagate, the IronWolf 525 M.2 NVMe SSDs are endurable and 2 TB model can have 2,800 TBW while the 1 TB and 500 GB models have 1,400 TBW and 700 TBW respectively. As to the performance, the 2 TB model offers up to 740,000 IOPS 4K random reads and 700,000 IOPS 4K random writes. The sequential read max out at 5000 MB/s and sequential writes at 4400 MB/s. The 1 TB model can do up to 760,000 IOPS 4K random reads, 700,000 IOPS 4K random writes. The sequential reads and writes go up to 5000 MB/s and 4400 MB/s respectively. The 500 GB model is the slowest and offers up to 420,000 IOPS 4K random reads, up to 630,000 IOPS 4K random writes, up to 5000 MB/s sequential reads, and up to 2500 MB/s sequential writes.

Key value additions of the Seagate IronWolf 525 M.2 NVMe SSDs include the IronWolf Health Management (IHM). It’s an embedded software application that continuously monitors drive health parameters and notifies users appropriately to reduce probability of data loss on supported NAS platforms. But, unfortunately, physical and logical failures may happen and result in data loss. Then the owners of the Seagate IronWolf 525 M.2 NVMe SSDs will need to rely on a professional data recovery services provider to restore their critical files. ACE Data Recovery team has extensive experience in recovering data from all types of storage devices. ACEs will gladly help the Seagate IronWolf 525 M.2 NVMe SSD owners with their data recovery needs.