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  • Flash storage technology decisions

    Just about as quickly as we learn the merits of a new solid-state form factor, a new one appears. While the use and location of spinning disk storage is limited, solid-state offers a number of deployment and form-factor alternatives, including ser... 

  • VMware performance tuning: Finding areas of storage contention

    The challenge is clear: Maximize the number of virtual machines (VMs) on each physical host in your environment without sacrificing storage performance. Data storage managers from companies of all sizes and vertical industries know the power of VMs, ... 

  • Making the most of VMware storage performance

    As server virtualization has given way to a generation of data centers that look nothing like their predecessors, with single physical hosts for many virtual machines, the technology has also provided today’s storage managers with new challenges. Sto... 

  • Building the best VMware storage architecture

    Data storage managers tasked with creating a strategic vision must come to terms with a hard fact: VMware places new and sometimes unprecedented pressures on storage. Physical servers can be consolidated into a single VMware host, and virtual servers... 

  • Storage for VMware

    Many of today's storage managers are well versed in virtual server storage and its benefits. But they are also growing familiar with the host of unique challenges, efficiencies and trouble spots associated with storage for VMware environments. With a... 

  • How to get the most out of solid-state technology

    Our research shows solid-state technology usage is skyrocketing, with more than a third of data storage shops using flash now. Dennis Martin, a leading expert on solid-state storage, describes how companies can use the still costly storage to their b... 

  • Deciding where to deploy solid-state storage devices

    Solid-state storage can be deployed in a storage array alongside traditional hard disk drives, as an all-flash array, as a separate caching appliance, or in the a server using a PCIe card. Each approach has pros and cons which must be weighed based o... 

  • RAID controller

    A RAID controller is a device used to manage hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid-state drives (SSDs) in a computer or storage array so they work as a logical unit and the data on the drives is protected. 

  • TLC flash (triple level cell flash)

    TLC flash (triple level cell flash) is a type of solid-state NAND flash memory that stores three bits of data per cell of flash media. 

  • NVMe (non-volatile memory express)

    Non-volatile memory express, also known as NVMe or NVM Express, is an interface specification that aims to enable a solid-state drive (SSD) to make the most effective use of the high-speed Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) bus in a com... 

  • flash cache

    Flash cache is the temporary storage of data on NAND flash memory chips to enable requests for data to be fulfilled with greater speed. 

  • SCSI Express (SCSIe)

    SCSI Express (SCSIe) is an emerging industry standard for a storage interface that runs Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) commands over a PCI Express (PCIe)link. 

  • flash array

    A flash array is a solid state storage disk system that contains multiple flash memory drives instead of spinning electromechanical hard disk drives. A flash array can transfer data to and from solid state drives (SSDs) much faster than hard disk dri... 

  • semiconductor fab

    A semiconductor fab is a manufacturing plant in which raw silicon wafers are turned into integrated circuits.  

  • tier 0

    Tier 0 (tier zero) is a level of storage that’s faster, and perhaps more expensive, than any other level in the storage hierarchy. 

  • enterprise MLC (eMLC)

    Enterprise MLC (eMLC) is a type of MLC flash that has been enhanced to accommodate more write cycles than consumer-grade MLC flash offers. 

  • steady state

    Steady state is a condition in which a solid state flash drive has experienced enough program/erase (P/E) cycles that performance times for write operations becomes stable and can be evaluated in a consistent manner. 

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About Solid state storage technology

The SSD technology topic section offers comprehensive resources for readers who want a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of solid state storage, right down to the chip level. This section covers solid state techology including single-level cell (SLC) SSDs, multi-level cell (MLC) SSDs, enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) SSDs, and triple-level cell (TLC) SSDs; dynamic random-access memory (DRAM); non-volatile random-access memory (NVRAM); flash controller technologies; and emerging solid state technologies. Readers will have access to the latest news and technical tips covering SSD technology.