Monthly Archives: July 2011

Accelerating your storage array by using SSD technology

It’s out there since quite a few years already. It started becoming available to the general public about 12 years ago or so and was commonly seen in digital cameras: FLASH storage! At first the devices couldn’t store more than just a few MB and prices were high, but over time the size went up and prices went down and the first SSD drives (should we say “drives”?) were born. Still expensive but they were very usable in the computer industry. Mainly heavily used databases could be accelerated by using SSD because there was no rotational latency and avg access latency was in the sub mili second range instead of multiple mili seconds! The common problem in the last few years was mainly durability, but currently the SSD technology is just as reliable as the old rotating disks.

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