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The benefits of solid-state state storage are clear; it’s fast, cool and sips power. But the technology is also changing the fundamental ways we use data center storage.
Solid-state storage is not only transforming the storage industry, it’s making waves across the entire computing industry. We’ve seen how flash storage has completely revolutionized the consumer electronics space, replacing spinning disk drives in virtually every category of consumer devices.
This same enthusiasm for flash storage is spreading to the data center. Database administrators, system admins and application owners have become aware of solid-state storage and the benefits it brings. They recognize the performance and power consumption benefits, but still have some concerns about flash endurance supporting enterprise applications. However, the storage industry is addressing flash endurance with newer flash controllers that can extend the life and performance of lower cost flash media so it can be used in enterprise applications in place of more expensive enterprise flash media.
This was first published in March 2012