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SLC vs MLC – does it matter any more?

When an IT professional starts looking into solid state drives (SSDs) they quickly learn that flash is very different from magnetic disk drives. Flash employs a much more complex write and erase process than traditional hard disk drive (HDD) technology

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How to Make Reliable SSDs – Reliable NAND Flash

“Reliability” in a storage context means that the storage infrastructure can be counted on to keep data safe and to produce that data in a reasonable timeframe when called upon. While it’s true that storage systems have redundancies built in

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Why Flash Wears Out and How to Make it Last Longer

The life expectancy and durability of flash-based storage is a common topic in many presentations involving solid-state drive (SSD) products. While flash endurance is a prime factor in the economics of this technology, seldom is the audience given an explanation

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What Is RAID – Part 1

This article on RAID – Part 1, is one of an ongoing series of articles in the Storage Switzerland “What Is” series. These articles provide a refresher on key fundamentals of various storage technologies, for those who are new to,

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SSD, Heal Thyself!

It is a well known fact that each write takes a toll on the longevity of flash-based solid state storage (SSS), and that each particular module will eventually fail after reaching its write limit. Depending on the memory type that,

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Pay Attention to Flash Controllers when Comparing SSD Systems

Solid State Disk (SSD) storage devices now commonly use flash memory as the media on which they record data. Flash has driven the SSD cost per capacity significantly below that of DRAM based SSD and flash is narrowing the lead

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