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Published: 20 Oct 2012

YOU NEED ONLY look at the tiny 4GB USB flash drive dangling from your keychain to realize that there are some real alternatives to current disk-based storage. Indeed, there are a number of efforts underway that tap into solid-state technology to create nonvolatile alternatives to magnetic disks. The result is high-speed storage that barely sips power and runs cooler than anything that's ever set foot in a data center. Solid-state disk (SSD), or flash, also costs a lot, especially when compared to spinning disk. So while these new storage technologies are ready for prime time in consumer and mobile gadgets, they aren't likely to show up in any significant numbers in data centers very soon. Still, some have carved out niches and made some inroads, handling mostly high-performance, ultra-mission-critical apps. Texas Memory Systems' RamSan-400 uses SSD technology to provide up to 128GB of extremely high-performance storage. Compared to the 500GB and 750GB disks offered by traditional storage vendors, 128GB may seem paltry. But the RamSan-400 isn't ... Access >>>

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