Data Storage: Using Solid-State Drives for Enterprise Storage: The Case in Favor

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-18 Print this article Print
Whats Driving Solid-State Storage Demand?

Whats Driving Solid-State Storage Demand?

Enterprise hard disk drives are often bottlenecks for business applications. Enterprises need consistent performance and reliability from the storage products they buy and quality of service from their storage vendors. There is always a need for higher speed in high-volume storage applications.
Solid-state storage drives use enterprise-class NAND flash memory to store and retrieve data. This enables read/write response times that are about 30 times faster than the current highest-quality hard disk drives. Most IT managers cannot shrug off that kind of performance increase. Because they have no moving parts, SSDs require much less power to run, and power is an increasing concern. Mechanical breakdowns also are out of the picture. It's no secret that storage hardware makers are providing more options for users to install SSDs in place of spinning-disk hard drives for certain applications. In many use cases, it's a fine idea; for others, it probably isn't. This slideshow touches on 10 key factors in helping IT managers and CIOs/CTOs make a decision as to whether an SSD is right for a particular application. The Information for this slideshow was provided by Steve Fingerhut, vice president of marketing in the Accelerated Solutions Division at LSI in Milpitas, Calif.
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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