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OCZ’s Enterprise SATA SSDs deliver consistently better performance

Flash is replacing hard disk drives (HDDs) in more and more environments, and not just as boot drives for PCs and laptops. Enterprises are turning to a new class of high performance SATA-based drive form-factor SSDs to accelerate databases, push

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Dell – Delivering Flash the way customers want

Flash consumption by the enterprise data center is typically done as a response to a specific performance problem. The flash purchase that often results are typically either an all-new flash array or it is added to an existing array. The

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Posted in Briefing Note

Will the All-Flash Array Market go away?

Recently HDS’s Hu Yoshida wrote in his blog that he thinks the all-flash array market will go away. I very often find myself agreeing with Hu, he’s a sharp guy and I respect his point of view. As an example,

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Posted in Article

Storage Q&A: Three keys to choosing the right Server Flash

Need flash? Think all flash is the same? You might want to read the Q&A from a recent webinar we did with Doug Rollins at Micron. People attending the webinar asked the questions and Doug provides the answers, along with

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Posted in Storage Q&A

MLC vs. SLC – Podcast

Does the difference between MLC vs SLC matter anymore? Storage Switzerland Senior Analyst Eric Slack and I about his latest article on MLC and SLC and how manufacturers are working to make MLC more acceptable in the Enterprise. To read

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Posted in Podcast

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 Do I Know My SQL Server Environment is Ready for SSD?

SQL Databases of almost any size should be a top consideration for SSD integration. Because of the granularity of the database structure small components of the database can be moved to SSD, reducing the overall SSD investment. In this article, Storage Switzerland’s Lead Analyst, George Crump discusses how to determine which of those componets should be on SSD. This report will show that a surprisingly small amount of SSD can provide a cost effective, more scaleable, higher performing database for the entire environment.

Which Storage Statistics Can Help You Determine SQL SSD Readiness
Which component of your SQL environment should be on SSD
The ROI of SSD Investment for SQL Environments

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What’s The Difference Between Tiering And Caching?

Flash storage continues to be the “go to” option for IT professionals looking to solve performance problems, but these infrastructure designers are struggling with how to best implement flash. Automated tiering and caching are becoming common answers to that question.

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Posted in Article

Webinar – Overcoming the Risks of MLC Based All-Flash Arrays

Storage Switzerland was recently commissioned by Dell Storage to audit a lab test of their new Compellent All-Flash Array. This storage system is the first to tier between types of flash just like legacy storage systems tier between types of

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Advancing the State of the Art in PCIe SSD

Solid State Drives (SSDs) that leverage the PCIe bus provide the ultimate storage I/O performance boost by providing the CPU with direct access to zero-latency storage. But all PCIe SSDs are not created equal. There is room for advancing the

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Posted in Product Analysis

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