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Vol. 6 No. 8 October 2007

Solid-state storage not just a flash in the pan

Solid-state disk (SSD) has long been considered well-suited for accelerating performance for applications with high-transaction requirements, but it's still largely thought of as a niche solution due to its hefty price tag and capacity limits (traditionally topping out at 128GB). But new SSD products with terabyte-level capacities and lower prices could eventually give hard drive disk systems a run for their money. Several SSD vendors have announced new flash memory products this year, most notably Texas Memory Systems (TMS), which in September announced its RamSan-500 system. Targeting high-end enterprise applications and designed to compete with traditional hard disk RAID systems, the RamSan-500 uses flash memory for primary storage media (as much as 2TB), while DDR memory is used as cache in a manner similar to traditional arrays offered by the likes of EMC and Hitachi Data Systems. Until now, a RamSan-400 cost approximately $90,000 for a base unit with 128GB of RAM--more than $700 per gigabyte. A RamSan-500 in a 2TB ...

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Features in this issue

  • Storage still lacks energy metrics

  • Top 10 tips of the summer of 2006

    by  SearchSMB.com Staff

    Storage, security and open source were the front runners in our tally of the Top 10 SMB tips for the summer of 2006.

  • How useful are storage benchmarks?

    Most storage vendors like to tout how well their gear performed on benchmark tests, but the results may not always be as they first appear. The benchmarking process can be easily manipulated because of the large number of variables that influence performance results. To level the playing field, test results need to be categorized by product type, configuration standards need to be defined for each category and vendors must strictly adhere to the configurations.

Columns in this issue

  • Storage Bin: Leaving you in good hands

    It's time for a changing of the guard for the Storage Bin column. Steve Duplessie, whose witty and perceptive insights have graced Storage magazine from day one, is stepping aside to make room for ESG's Tony Asaro to take up residency on our end page.

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