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Will SSDs Take Over The Enterprise?

Will SSDs Take Over The Enterprise?

Any volunteers? We put Seagate’s latest 10,000 RPM and 15,000 RPM drives against the MemoRight flash SSDs. We’ve been talking a lot about solid state drives based on flash memory cells, commonly known as flash SSDs. On the one hand, the recent generation provides excellent throughput and stellar I/O performance due to the low access time of transistors when compared to the slow head movements of mechanical hard drives. The performance benefits of flash SSDs over traditional hard drives remain very much undisputed, and the almost nonexistent access time seems to turn flash SSD into perfect replacements for enterprise class hard drives. On the other hand, [the potential power savings promised by most of the flash SSD vendors are simply not there yet. Fortunately, we’re starting to see more optimized drives that show us the technology is evolving in the right direction.

Flash I/O Performance Beats Any Hard Drive

We decided to get our hands on one of the fastest flash drives we’ve tested, MemoRight’s SSD MR25.-032S. This drive delivers a deadly blow to traditional hard drives, as it offers somewhat better transfer rates at only a fraction of the access time. As a consequence, such high-end flash SSDs can deliver between 3x and 10x the I/O operations per second possible from the fastest hard drives. This performance advantage, combined with power savings, was the reasons Google adopted flash-based storage.

Shootout! 3.5” 15,000 RPM and 2.5” 10,000 RPM Against Flash

The Swiss SSD specialist ( was kind enough to provide us with as many as eight of the high-performance MemoRight drives, this time with a capacity of 64 GB each. We then contacted Seagate to also get some of the latest conventional enterprise class hard drives, obtaining eight 2.5” Savvio 10K.2 SAS drives as well as eight 3.5” Cheetah 15K.5 drives. The Savvio 10K.2 runs at 10,000 RPM while the Cheetah 15K.5 are top-notch 15,000 RPM models.

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    leexgx , 19 July 2008 12:36
    whats with makeing the PNG files so small so that we have click on each one to see the results

    please make them norm size so we do not Need to click on them
    put them back to the size thay should be not makeing them smaller by 50% wasteing click time (there not even bigger when you press the print button so makes very anoying)
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    pickie , 22 July 2008 02:43
    since the takeover of toms its just gone downhill and keeps going :(  sad cos it was one of the best sites
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    Anonymous , 23 July 2008 02:28
    I agree in having the images larger. As they are an important part of the review, why make them so clumsily awailable?
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    extremetaz , 1 August 2008 16:58
    agreed - who came up with this "click on the image" rubbish???