Data Storage: NAND Flash in the Data Center: 10 Potential Pitfalls to Avoid

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-02-27 Print this article Print
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Many flash memory products solve for narrow application areas. Some database accelerators require a deeper understanding and tuning effort to implement for a very specific part of the application stack. Beware of "specialized" storage, the kind that says it is specially designed for a particular use case. If the system is optimized for whatever that use case looks like today, what happens tomorrow when the software or system vendor comes out with the next release and things change?
Perhaps the most consistent trend (for more than eight years now) in data storage, covering both the enterprise and consumer markets, is the continued development and improvement of solid-state disk NAND flash media. All the major storage and device companies offer solid-state drive (SSD) options for be servers, laptops and other devices. Tablet PCs have been using NAND flash all along, and their skyrocketing sales have been a huge validation of the media's market value. In the data center environment, however, there are some precautions and limitations in NAND flash that should be discussed and evaluated ahead of a major investment. This slide show discusses some of those topic areas. Our expert sources for this slide show are from Violin Memory: CTO and co-founder Jon Bennett and Vice President of Corporate Development Scott Metzger. Violin Memory, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., is a new-generation storage company that makes scalable, high-performance NAND flash enterprise arrays. We're staying away from specific product-related information in this slide show.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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