Despite its high costs, solid-state storage technology is becoming a viable storage alternative for high-performance
applications. In a July 2011 Storage magazine survey taken by 500 data storage professionals, almost 50% reported the use of solid-state storage. Nearly half of those who had implemented solid-state had done so in desktop or laptop computers, while 44% used it in traditional hard disk drive arrays and 27% used it directly in their servers.
There are several alternatives for using solid-state in storage. You can use solid-state drives (SSDs) in storage arrays with single-level cell (SLC), multi-level cell (MLC) and enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) flash. Solid-state can also be implemented in PCI Express (PCIe) cards that insert into servers or storage arrays, or through several types of RAM.
As solid-state storage technology use cases become more prevalent, so do the acronyms associated with it. This PDF chart explains some of the most important ones to know.
This chart originally appeared in Storage magazine.
BIO: Phil Goodwin is a storage consultant and freelance writer.