Storage administrators scoping out solid-state storage will likely consider PCIe-based deployments, at least in part because that method enables a more direct -- and therefore faster -- connection to the server than other server-based approaches to solid-state storage. Indeed, according to SearchStorage.com's Storage Priorities for 2010 survey, 7% of respondents already have implemented solid-state storage, 14% will implement it this year and another 40% will evaluate it this year.
Our special report on solid-state storage via PCIe cards examines how the technology works, what the major benefits and drawbacks are, which companies are in the market right now and which ones are preparing products, what share of the market the technology has and the best use cases for it. In addition, our package offers two case studies of companies that have already implemented solid-state storage via PCIe cards: One company runs one of the largest websites in the world, and the other is a stock analysis software company; both had an imperative to reduce I/O bottlenecks to improve performance. Finally, in a podcast storage expert Greg Schulz discusses the range of solid-state storage options on the market, and gives implementation advice and tips on optimizing database performance.
Server-based solid-state storage is gaining in popularity as vendors increase their shipments of PCIe cards, and more companies are expected to join the fray soon. Learn about the two companies with PCIe-based solid-state storage products already on the market -- Fusion-io and Texas Memory Systems -- and how their approaches differ.
Faced with the need to improve database performance on its Web servers, Answers.com implemented solid-state storage. With Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. IO Accelerator cards (custom-built for HP by Fusion-io), the company saw a 900% increase in the number of queries each database server can handle. Read about Answers.com's evaluation and implementation process, and find out about the work the company did before deployment to gain the best results from its solid-state storage investment.
After scoping out a number of options, stock analysis software company VectorVest settled on RamSan-20 NAND flash-based solid-state drives from Texas Memory Systems for ultra-fast delivery of data to customers over the Internet. Find out about VectorVest's path to the RamSan-20, how it optimized its drives to get the performance it was looking for, the implementation challenges the company faced and how it justified the price premium for SSD compared with hard disk.
In this podcast, Greg Schulz, StorageIO Group's founder and senior analyst, discusses the options IT shops face when evaluating solid-state storage and how they can gain the most from their investment.
This was first published in March 2010