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This article is part of the Vol. 9 Num. 3 May 2010 issue of R.I.P. RAID?
Although solid state is emerging as a viable enterprise storage alternative, there's still plenty of life left in hard disk drive technology, with higher capacity, greener and more capable drives on the way. Nobody is seriously suggesting the era of hard disk drive (HDD) technology is about to end. To the contrary, HDD vendors continue advancing the technology. Still, a few doubts arise as solid-state drives (SSDs) and other solid-state technologies take on selective enterprise storage chores. "The amount of SSD replacing hard disk drives at present is miniscule," said Mark Geenen, chairman, International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA). Yet, IDEMA began accepting SSD vendors into its ranks in 2009. More telling, maybe, are the enterprise storage managers willing to experiment with solid-state storage alongside HDD. "We're testing a couple of Fusion-io cards in some servers for a couple of high-performance trading applications," said Kevin Fiore, CIO at San Francisco-based investment firm Thomas Weisel Partners LLC. The company wants ... Access >>>
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