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Disc speeds databases

A new solid-state disc went on sale last week that will speed up the performance of relational databases such as Oracle 10g, IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server.

A solid-state disc is a storage device that contains no moving parts. It uses Ram memory boards and its own processor to manage data storage and is a lot faster than rotating hard discs.

Texas Memory Systems' RamSan-400 disc has 4Gbyte Fibre Channel interfaces and can sustain 3Gbytes/sec random data transfers.

Donald Burleson, president of the Burleson Consulting Group, said RamSan products have in the past provided up to 300 times database performance improvements. Tests with Oracle 10g are under way, but he added, "We expect this new solid-state disc to be the fastest high-speed I/O device for Oracle databases anywhere on the planet."


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