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Understanding how new solid state drive technologies can benefit the data center

Richard Leonarz, Director of Memory Marketing, Samsung Business Division | May 27, 2016
By combining SSDs and HDDs in the right mix, performance gains are possible while keeping costs under control.

Data centers that benefit from high transactional input/output operations per second (IOPS) will experience up to four times faster performance with these new and improved technologies. Now, data centers can maximize speed and improve performance using PCIe and NVMe SSDs, particularly in “hot” tiers with more frequently accessed data.

Handling the most intense transactions

At the single drive level, bringing in V-NAND SSDs with PCIe interfaces and NVMe drivers can substantially boost transactional speeds at critical points in a data center. With data increasing exponentially, understanding what data is “hot” and what is “cold” becomes important to devising an architecture to handle it cost effectively.

A tiered storage approach uses technology most cost effectively. In most data centers, the “cold” tier with HDDs already exists, and a “warm” tier of mid-range SSDs may be informally in place. Adding a “hot” tier with high-performance, high-endurance SSDs and focusing the most intense transactions there can take data center performance to new levels without breaking the bank.


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