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Choosing the Right Solid State Drive for Your Storage Network

Apr 13, 2010, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Newman)

"Choosing the right solid state drive (SSD) for your enterprise storage networking environment is a critical decision — and equally critical is making sure you have the right controller to get the most out of the pricey drives.

"The first two parts of this series covered solid state drive application and software issues and reliability and performance concerns.

"In this final part, we'll cover the internal design of SSDs and the use of SAS and RAID controllers — important choices for making the most of your solid state drives. If your application requires SSD-like performance, you need to make sure you're doing everything right to maximize your investment.

"Your decisions in each of these areas will determine if SSDs are an unqualified success in your data storage environment or of they are just a costly addition with marginal performance improvement. Given the cost of these drives, the last thing you want is a marginal performance improvement."

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