How to use solid-state drives in enterprise storage

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How to use solid-state drives in enterprise storage

Solid-state drives (SSDs) can be leveraged in enterprise storage to speed up applications and performance without the cost of adding additional servers. But as more vendors begin to offer solid-state drives as a storage option, storage professionals need to closely examine the technology to determine how it can benefit their data centres.

SearchStorage.co.UK has compiled our most recent information on SSD technology to inform storage pros about vendor SSD product plans, the stages of solid-state drive adoption, how SSDs can address storage bottlenecks and more.

Use of solid-state drives in storage arrays gains traction
Infrastructure for placing solid state in enterprise storage is falling into place after a flurry of recent product announcements, but most of the major array vendors have yet to reveal their hands. The consensus view is that solid-state drives in storage arrays are not the ideal way of implementing solid state but will probably be the first step while other methods are developed.

Solid-state drives, disk poised to change data storage market
Is storage driven by disruptive technology innovations? Largely, no. According to Chris Mellor, there's little chance of disruption in most storage product categories and, with the exception of solid-state drives and disk as a replacement for tape, storage is driven mostly by sustaining innovations. Learn why solid-state drives could change the face of the data storage market.

UK users explore solid-state drive technology as prices drop
As more vendors begin to offer solid-state drives as an option in their subsystems, and pricing for SSDs starts to drop, UK users are taking a closer look at the technology and how it might fit into their data centres. This Special Report explains the differences between DRAM and NAND flash memory, outlines the cost of SSD vs. spinning disk, helps you decide where solid-state drives can be used and updates you on vendor SSD product plans.

UK storage pros share solid-state drive implementation tips 
Solid-state drives are touted as a silver bullet for data latency problems. But while flash drives deliver an order of magnitude improvement in data access performance over hard drives, they cost three times or more per GB stored than hard drives. To get some implementation tips and a better understanding of what solid-state drives look like in real-world environments, we spoke with three UK storage pros in various stages of SSD adoption.

Best practices for solid-state drive storage technology
Until the costs drop even further, performance-boosting solid-state drives won't make economic sense for every type of application, so it's important to follow best practices to ensure they are working for your storage shop. This story discusses 10 SSD best practices to follow, including identifying I/O-intensive applications that will benefit from faster data storage, ensuring that applications can handle faster SSDs, determining which type of solid-state drive will be the best fit and more.

Solid-state drives, 2.5-inch drives boost IOPS without wasting capacity
While the capacities of 3.5-inch hard disk drives continue to rise, rates of I/Os per second (IOPS) stay constant. The end result is that the 3.5-inch hard drive I/O channel is becoming a bottleneck, and 2.5-inch drives and solid-state drives are becoming attractive ways companies can boost IOPS without wasting capacity. Learn how to leverage solid-state drives to get around IOPS trouble.

This was first published in October 2009

 

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