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Published: 20 Oct 2012

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 configuration, however, can be ... Access >>>

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