Five Best Practices for Disk Drive Storage Decisions

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Storage vendors have a seemingly endless variety of pricing models, but one constant seems to be that 2.5” systems cost twice as much per gigabyte as 3.5” systems, assuming both are using enterprise-grade drives. But the 3.5” solution will be far more reliable. 10,000 and 15,000 RPM SAS solutions in either 2.5” or 3.5” form factor will be approximately three to six times more expensive per gigabyte.

With a variety of storage devices available today, it can be difficult to match drives with data types and data center environments. You have to consider factors such as random access performance, sequential performance, cost, density and reliability, and often more. With so many considerations, market hype could steer you toward a fad. Gary Watson, chief technology officer at Nexsan, outlines five best practices to consider when selecting drives for your storage deployment to ensure the best price and performance for your needs.

 

Related Topics : Fujitsu, Storage Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, Virtual Tape Library, InfiniBand

 
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