SSD storage decisions: Form factors, workloads, adoption rates

Special Report

SSD storage decisions: Form factors, workloads, adoption rates

Solid-state drive (SSD) storage holds big promise for addressing storage I/O problems. But it's expensive, which means IT shops that go down the SSD storage road need to carefully evaluate how and where it is used. In this special report, we lay out the four basic SSD storage form factors to choose from -- in disk arrays, as cache, in appliances or in servers -- illustrated with case studies of IT organizations that have implemented the products. You'll also find a podcast interview with SSD expert Dennis Martin that offers advice on how to choose between the different implementations, as well as how to determine which workloads to put on solid-state storage. Finally, find out if IT organizations are adopting SSD technology.

For IT shops looking to address I/O bottlenecks with solid-state storage, the choice isn't a simple one. Not only are there many vendors in this space, but there are also multiple types of solid-state storage: in disk arrays, as cache, in appliances or in servers. To help you determine which product type makes the most sense for your organization, we present case studies on different types of solid-state storage products. See how other companies have implemented solid-state storage technology and how they made the choice of product type.

While solid-state storage manufacturers have increased enterprise SSD shipments to storage and server vendors by more than 200% this year, solid-state drive adoption at IT organizations shows a much smaller growth rate. What might explain the slow SSD adoption rate among end users?

It's true that SSD storage can deliver an impressive performance boost. But what form factor makes sense for what situation? And which workloads can justify the added expense? In this podcast about solid-state storage options, Dennis Martin, president of Demartek LLC, answers these questions.

This article was previously published on SearchStorage.com.

This was first published in December 2010