A Guide to the Different Varieties of Flash Technology

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Enterprise Flash

What makes flash enterprise flash? SLC flash delivers the highest performance and has the longest lifespan of the flash technologies. Naturally it is also the most expensive, so it is usually only used in highly specialized applications. TLC is the least expensive of the three types, but it also offers the lowest performance, shortest lifespan and highest error rates. TLC is generally found in low-cost consumer electronics. MLC flash is the most commonly used type of flash. It offers better performance and endurance than TLC and lower cost than SLC.

Flash storage technology has become a part of our everyday lives. From the devices in our hands to the servers in data centers, flash memory has become a technology that touches everyone. Still, for all its prevalence, flash technology is only in the early stages of its evolution. There are many different types of flash and choosing the right one for a particular application is critical.

Where flash technology was once considered too expensive for large applications, it is reaching the economic tipping point. IT departments are making the shift from disk to flash, because as the cost of solid state storage goes down the economics of performance justify that shift. However, choosing the right flash solution is still a challenge. What is the right type of flash for your needs? Each variety of flash has its own set of nuances, pros and cons based on its configuration within the hardware and pre-destined performance when manufactured.

In this slideshow, Violin Memory discusses the differences in performance benefits of each flavor of flash starting from the fundamental properties of the chips themselves to the controller and configuration within the array. Learn why this all matters and what happens when different ingredients are blended together.


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