For most companies that are considering flash-based SSDs it’s no longer a question of whether they’ll implement solid state drives, but when and how. In this video George Crump, Lead Analyst From Storage Switzerland and Micron’s Sr. Manager of Enterprise Marketing, Scott Shadley, chalk talk through the latest trends in the flash SSD industry.
Flash technology has become understood enough to remove many of the barriers to adoption that people have had. In addition, the price of flash storage has come down making SSDs an affordable solution for an increasing number of use cases.
Historically, SSDs were an option to consider, but mostly in situations where performance was all-important, such as high-revenue transaction environments or business-critical databases. With typically 2-5X better throughput and 10-20X more IOPS than HDDs they offered an attractive solution. But because of cost SSDs weren’t generally considered a requirement and included as part of the ‘base configuration’ when buying a server.
IT Professionals are now getting more educated about how to use SSDs and more comfortable with flash technology in general. They’re also getting used to the low latency that flash storage devices can bring to most any application. With more products to choose from and their cost decreasing SSDs are not just for the ‘bleeding edge’ use cases any more.
Greater User Demand
Users are getting accustomed to flash’s fast boot times and are demanding that lower cost SSDs be available as boot drives in servers and computers. On the higher end, MLC (Multi-Level Cell) has become the NAND technology of choice for more products lowering the cost per GB significantly for enterprise-grade SSDs. This has resulted in flash becoming easier to cost justify for more applications.
SSDs are available with different endurance levels, different performance levels and a wide range of price points. Some of these devices are in disk drive form-factors and others are designed as PCIe cards. There are even flash devices that use the memory bus, providing the lowest latency available. Again, for more information on these and other trends in the SSD industry, take a look at the above video with George Crump from StorageSwiss and Micron’s Scott Shadley.
Micron is a client of Storage Switzerland