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