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Hyper-scale Nightmare: Using Consumer SSD in the Data Center – Podcast

One way admins of hyperscale data centers try to reduce costs is to use consumer-grade solid state drives in their scale-out server architectures, instead of the enterprise-class SSDs that are routinely used in these environments. In this podcast, Shawn Worsell of OCZ/Toshiba

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What’s The Best Flash Acceleration Strategy For SQL Server?

Simply adding flash to provide more storage IOPS doesn’t guarantee better application performance, steps must be taken to ensure that the right data is in flash when it’s needed. Accelerating applications like SQL Server that can have data sets TBs

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Maximize SQL Performance By Integrating SSD Software & Hardware

Getting the most performance impact from a flash purchase involves more than just buying fast hardware or efficient caching software. Both of these components must work together to maximize their use of processing power that’s available. The hardware certainly must

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Are All PCIe SSDs Created Equal?

One of the more popular approaches to implementing solid state disks (SSDs) is to implement the flash memory on a PCIe card, which is installed directly into a server. This places the high performance storage directly at the point of

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OCZ’s VXL Solves the “DAS Problem” of PCIe Flash

Storage problems are ‘taking the fun’ out of virtualization. Legacy storage systems can’t keep up with the performance demands of highly random workloads that server virtualization environments generate. Because of this, companies are seeing these deployments make for much lower VM

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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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The Benefits of a Flash Only, SAN-less Virtual Architecture

Shared storage using either a storage area network (SAN) or network attached storage (NAS) device enables many key features of the virtual server environment, such as virtual machine (VM) migration, distributed resource management and site recovery management. As a result

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OCZ SSD Keeps Shining

This is going to be one of those blog entries where “no news” is “the news.” Storage Switzerland started testing the OCZ Deneva 2 MLC based solid state disk (SSD) drives backup on July 25th and it has been working

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Posted in Lab Report

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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OCZ Pushing The SSD Envelope

Solid State Storage (SSD) continues to gain interest in markets of all sizes, from user laptops to home gaming systems to small business servers to the enterprise itself. Very few companies cover that full spectrum like OCZ can. OCZ is

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