Enterprise SSD implementation guide

Find out which type of enterprise SSD makes sense in your storage infrastructure, how MLC compares to SLC, how PCIe-based SSD works, how to cost-justify SSD and how one London council implemented SAN in its Compellent SAN.

Enterprise SSD has gone from hype to everyday reality within the space of a couple of years. SSD is now available for enterprise users as a tier within storage arrays, in dedicated SSD arrays, as array cache and on PCI cards for use in servers.

Enterprise SSD offers the possibility of a tier of storage that can be up to 100 times faster than the fastest spinning disk, but how do you distinguish between the different types and form factors and where do they best fit in your storage landscape?

In this Special Report, you'll find out about the difference between MLC and SLC flash, where the various forms of SSD fit in the storage stack, how SSD can cost less than HDDs, when to use SSD on a PCI card and how a London council boosted system performance by 15x using SSD.

MLC vs SLC: Which flash SSD is right for you?
Which flash SSD you choose depends on the performance you need and the price you want to pay, but the differences are not as great as you may think. In this article we examine the differences between MLC and SLC flash SSD and talk to a UK local authority IT chief about how he boosted primary data performance with MLC flash.

Podcast: Enterprise SSD options
In this podcast, Valdis Filks, research director for storage technologies and strategies for Gartner, talks about the different forms of enterprise SSD available, where they fit in the storage stack and whether SSD will ring the death knell for the spinning disk drive.

PCIe-based solid-state storage sees uptick in shipments and usage
While the storage array has been the most common location for deployment of solid-state drives, the use of SSD on a PCI card in server slots has grown in popularity as a means of speeding access to transactional data. In this article we look at how businesses are using PCIe-based solid-state storage and the main vendors in the market.

Solid-state drives vs hard drives: How to justify the cost of an SSD
Solid-state drives are more expensive than hard disk drives, right? Not necessarily. Read this tip to compare solid-state drives vs hard drives, including when SSDs provide better value for money than spinning disks and which applications are best suited to SSD.

Council adds SSD tier to Compellent SAN for new HillingdonFirst residents' card system
Read how a London council added SSD to its SAN, speeding access to its resident card systems by up to 15x compared with spinning disk.

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