I read an article recently in which an expert advised against installing SSDs into an existing system because SSDs...
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
still need significant amounts of engineering to ensure that they are working optimally, and that it is better to deploy a system designed for SSDs so you can rely on the vendor for ongoing maintenance. Is that a legitimate concern?
That expert is correct. Most traditional storage systems were not designed with SSDs in mind. They're optimized for HDDs and expect HDD performance. Throw SSDs into the mix and nasty things can happen.
SSDs can overwhelm the storage processor. SSDs can cause HDDs to be starved. It is very important that the storage system has been optimized with SSDs in mind, or there can and will be issues that will have to be dealt with.
Do not exceed vendor-supported maximums; otherwise, be prepared to suffer the consequences. Those consequences are rarely insignificant.
Editor's note: For more information on how to install SSD into a system designed around HDDs, check out "Experts offer SSD installation advice for DIY approach."
Dig Deeper on SSD array implementations
Related Q&A from Marc Staimer
Flash SSDs have become more popular in general-purpose storage thanks to lower price points and increased performance, leading to expanded capacity ...continue reading
When compared with earlier Serial ATA standards, SATAe is more advanced, reduces latency, has a higher performance level and offers backwards ...continue reading
Latency in object stores that stems from a large amount of metadata means the technology is better suited to non-transactional data.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.