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July 2013 Vol. 12 No. 5

Best practices for SSD technologies

No longer a luxury item for well-heeled data centers, SSD technologies are more affordable than ever and come in a variety of form factors with a choice of deployment options. Solid-state storage technology has completely revolutionized consumer electronics products, replacing spinning disk drives in virtually all types of compact consumer devices such as mobile telephones and tablet PCs, and becoming the standard for ultra-thin laptop computers. The same benefits and enthusiasm for solid-state storage are now being felt in data centers. While the number of units shipped for some types of hard disk drives (HDDs) is declining, solid-state drive (SSD) shipments continue to soar, and are quickly gaining acceptance for enterprise applications. Solid-state storage is a good fit for database applications, virtualized servers, virtual desktop environments and other workloads that need higher performance based on any of the following criteria: Transactional performance, measured in I/Os per second (IOPS) Total throughput or bandwidth, ...

Features in this issue

  • Best practices for SSD technologies

    by  Dennis Martin

    No longer a luxury item for well-heeled data centers, SSD technologies are more affordable than ever and come in a variety of form factors with a choice of deployment options.

  • Enterprise file sync-and-share applications

    by  Terri McClure and Kristine Kao

    Cloud-based file sync and share is becoming more popular as employees use their own devices to access corporate data. Here's what you need to know to keep your company's data safe.

  • Can LTFS save tape?

    by  George Crump

    The Linear Tape File System (LTFS) makes tape look like a file system, enabling drag-and-drop operations that resemble a NAS share. We'll see broader applications soon.

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