A Guide to the Different Varieties of Flash Technology

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Hardware Configuration

Hardware configuration: Yes it matters. As with all things technology related, architecture matters. SSDs are flash drives that have been made to look, and to a degree, act like a HDD. While this makes it easy to put flash storage into existing systems, it is not the optimal way to design flash into a system. Systems that have been designed to provide an optimal combination of flash storage access and failover redundancy are going to provide better performance, lower latency and higher reliability than a system that has it added as an option.

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.


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

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