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Vol. 11 Num. 6 August 2012

Flash! All-solid-state arrays

Solid-state storage has made its way into servers, hybrid storage arrays and caching devices, but all-solid-state arrays are an emerging class of high-performance storage systems. The more than 50-year reign of hard disk drives (HDDs) as the main location for primary data is being threatened. With falling prices and improved reliability, solid-state storage is starting to make inroads into the enterprise; and with the addition of solid-state products that complement HDD technology, a number of start-up companies have emerged offering all-flash array products. Although solid-state drives (SSDs) have been deployed in traditional arrays for some years, high performance isn’t guaranteed by simply replacing HDD with SSD. As we’ll see, for best effect solid-state drives and flash memory need to be treated differently from their spinning disk counterparts. @pb The SSD difference Solid-state drives combine flash memory and controller electronics to produce a device that operates similarly to a hard drive. Today, there are two types in ...

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Features in this issue

  • Flash! All-solid-state arrays

    by  Chris Evans

    Solid-state storage has made its way into servers, hybrid storage arrays and caching devices, but all-solid-state arrays are an emerging class of high-performance storage systems.

  • Efficient storage

    by  Jacob Gsoedl

    Getting the most from your storage system is a basic requirement, but with many efficiency techniques you’ll have to decide if performance tops capacity utilization.

  • Big data is no big myth

    by  Rich Castagna

    However "big data" is defined, 58% of respondents say their companies are dealing with it, and 41% have even bought -- or plan to buy -- some new gear to grapple with it.

  • Disaster recovery in the cloud

    by  Eric Slack

    Hybrid cloud disaster recovery (DR) appliances are an emerging class of business continuity product that makes effective and timely DR affordable for even the smallest of firms.

Columns in this issue

  • How to make storage techs even more confusing

    by  Rich Castagna

    There’s a lot happening techwise in the data storage world, but the ever-growing hype, hoopla and hazy language are making it even harder for everyone to understand.

  • Omnia in orbis? Really?

    by  Jon Toigo

    Data archiving, data hygiene and good old common sense can help keep your company off the spinning disk treadmill. Find out what Jon Toigo has to say on the subject.

  • Get ready for dedupe 2.0

    by  Jason Buffington

    A few companies are still kicking the tires of deduplication products, but veteran users should be thinking about how they can step up to the next level of backup dedupe.

  • Tape is in it for the long haul

    by  Jeff Byrne, Contributor

    Recent Taneja Group research indicates tape technology is thriving, and that users are finding innovative and cost-effective ways of implementing tape systems.

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