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The 10 Year All-Flash Array – Will Your All-Flash Array Wear Out?

An All-Flash Array is a performance sledgehammer. It shatters the performance problems that most data centers face and will likely continue to do so for years. Unlike traditional hard disk systems, most data centers that purchase an All-Flash Array won’t

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Mixed All-Flash Array Delivers Safer High Performance

Almost two years ago, Storage Switzerland predicted that automated tiering technologies would be able to do more than just move data between hard disk and flash. It would begin to move data between different types of flash based storage as

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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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Is it Time for Hybrid SSD RAID Controllers?

Server side SSD caching solutions are popular implementation choices for performance upgrades because they allow users to put the performance right where it’s needed, in the application server itself. For many of these use cases, a direct attached disk array

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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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Demo Day At The Flash Memory Summit

We wrapped up the Flash Memory Summit today with another round of briefings and we participated in a panel studying the state of the SSD market. Today was a little different than other days as we went down to the

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Overcoming The All Flash Cost Challenge

If all storage were the same price, all storage would be solid state storage. We would end data tiering, there would be no performance tuning and the discussion of storage performance problems would be a thing of the past. Of course all

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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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Advancing The State Of Solid State Caching

Most applications could benefit from a faster infrastructure. Storage performance, especially IOPS, has been routinely identified as a primary impediment to improving compute infrastructure speed. Not surprisingly, customers are turning to Flash Solid State Devices (SSDs) as a solution to

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OCZ Deneva 2 Test Drive – First Impressions

OCZ recently sent Storage Switzerland two of their new Deneva 2 eMLC based solid state disk drives (SSD) to test in our labs. eMLC, or enterprise MLC, has a longer life cycle (about 30,000 program/erase cycles) than MLC without the

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