Will SSDs Take Over The Enterprise?

Test Setup

Hardware and Configuration
System Hardware
Processor 2 x 3.6 GHz Xeon (Nocona)
Motherboard ASUS NCL-DS, BIOS 1005
Memory 2 x 512 MB DDR2-400 Corsair CM72DD512AR-400
Graphics Onboard ATI RageXL, 8MB
System Hard Drive WD Caviar WD1200JB, 120 GB
Test Hard Drives (8x) I MemoRight MR25.2-064S
64 GB, Flash SSD, SATA
Test Hard Drives (8x) II Seagate Cheetah 15K.5
73 GB, 15,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SAS
Test Hard Drives (8x) III Seagate Savvio 10K.2
73 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SAS
RAID Controller Areca ARC1680 SAS RAID FW:1.45B
Adaptec 48300 single drive SAS
DVD Gigabyte GO-D1600C
Graphics Default Windows Graphics Driver
Chipset Intel Chipset Installation Utility
Storage Version
OS Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
Performance Measurements h2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
I/O Performance IOMeter 2003.05.10
Streaming Read and Write Benchmarks

Controller: Areca ARC-1680ML

We used Areca’s high-end SAS controller, which can run both SAS and SATA drives, as requested by SSDWorld (who provided the samples). We used the latest firmware 1.45B for this review.