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Texas aims solid state disc at SMEs

Texas Memory Systems has launched a solid state disc aimed at the SME
and branch office market.

The RamSan-300 can sustain more than 200,000 random I/Os per second
and 1.5Gbytes per second of bandwidth, which virtually eliminates lag
time between high performance processors and access to stored data.

Solid state disc systems act as performance accelerators rather than
simple data repositories and can hugely accelerate the performance of
high I/O operations such as relational database transactions. They use
memory chips instead of rotating platters for data storage and are
therefore faster than regular discs because there is no read/write head
that has to move.

They allow database managers to increase the number of concurrent users
and simultaneous transactions without adding servers, Ram or disc arrays.

Don Burleson, CEO of Burleson Consulting, said, “User wait times can often
be eliminated by simply speeding up an application’s log files and indices.
By providing a lower-cost SSD for this purpose, Texas Memory Systems makes
it possible for more organisations to get the database performance they
need to cost effectively add users and manage more transactions.”

The RamSan-300’s features include redundant hot-swappable power supplies, redundant
batteries, redundant Fibre Channel ports, mirrored hard drives for data
backup and Texas Memory Systems Active Backup technology. It is a smaller-capacity
version of the RamSan-400, launched by the company in 2005.


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