Solid state drives could soon become a staple in the enterprise sector thanks to a recent commitment from IBM. Big Blue announced plans yesterday to invest $1 billion in the research and development of flash storage to help design and build servers, storage systems and middleware for better flash storage integration.
I’ve been preaching the benefits of flash storage in desktop and notebook systems for years as the single best upgrade you can perform to boost overall performance and reduce power consumption, noise and heat generation. It’s many of these same attributes that IBM will benefit from due to the rise in data use from smartphone and tablet users.
Solid state technology is able to process data much faster and more reliably than traditional hard drives with mechanical internals. IBM systems and technology group general manager Ambuj Goyal said the economics and performance of flash storage are now at a point where the technology can have a revolutionary impact on enterprise, especially with transaction-intensive applications.
In addition to the investment, IBM also launched a new FlashSystem line built with businesses in mind. These systems, based on technology from Texas Memory Systems, use flash storage exclusively with capacities reaching up to 24 terabytes.
Clients running business analytics applications will realize energy reduction up to 85 percent while systems installed in cloud-based data centers will use up to 80 percent less energy. We’re told that Sprint Nextel is one of the first companies to sign up with plans to install nine flash-based systems at their data center.
The Seagate Momentus XT packs 750GB of capacity, with 8GB of SLC NAND flash, and a SATA 6.0Gbps interface. The Momentus XT features FAST Boot, which sets aside a small portion of the solid-state cache for data used during the boot process, where it will remain for the life of the drive, so that your system always boots from flash and not the Momentus XT's spinning disk.
The OCZ Vector 256GB SSD model packs read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 530MB/s. All Vector models are loaded with 25nm IMFT NAND synchronous flash memory. The Vector SSD series is rated to deliver 20GB of writes per day for 5 years, which equates to a total of 36.5TB’s of written data. OCZ also provides a full 5-year warranty.
The Samsung 840 SSD is the first member of the 840 family. It has been fitted with Samsung's latest MDX controller, a triple-core ARM-based chip that supports SATA 6Gb/s and can be paired with the latest 20nm NAND flash memory. The 840 is available in 120GB, 250GB and 500GB capacities and is backed by a limited five-year warranty.
The M500 is the successor of Crucial's M4. It uses Micron’s latest 20-nanometer multilevel cell (MLC) NAND flash technology and can deliver up to 80,000 IOPS with sequential read and write speeds topping out at 500 MB/s and 400 MB/sec. The drives also incorporate TCG Opal 2.0 + IEEE 1667, 256-bit AES hardware encryption and is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities.
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