SSDs have their place in business

The benefits of running databases and data warehouses directly in-memory

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SSDs have their place in business Bill Liu from Plextor says that traditional hard drives often crash, meaning that SSDs are the safer option.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 12, 2013

The benefits of running databases and data warehouses directly in-memory, via dynamic random access memory complemented with solid state drives (SSDs) are compelling when considering the ultra-high performance and negligible latencies, particularly attractive for in-memory data base management systems, according to optical storage company Plextor. “By adding solid state drives to computer systems, the performance of the whole enterprise network increases,” said Bill Liu, regional manager, Channel Marketing and Sales Division, Plextor.

“Traditional hard drives often crash. Over time, the moving parts that make up a traditional hard drive wear out or fail. Solid-state hard drives work more like the flash memory cards used in digital cameras. They use no moving parts for data storage,” he said.

According to Plextor, there is no need to make any special changes to the data centre architecture to accommodate SSDs; system configuration depends on the applications that are being used. However, SSDs perform the same function as HDDs, but much faster.Many companies are put off purchasing SSDs because of the costs, but Plextor says that price should not be the only consideration.

“Buyers also must consider other variables. SSDs have the advantage in terms of lower power consumption directly and indirectly via lower power and cooling requirements. Often more compelling from a TCO perspective is the potential for server consolidation to offer a more favourable density per rack,” said Liu.

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