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Q&A: What SSDs can offer

Zafar Anjum | July 4, 2013
Why are solid-state storage solutions ideal in solving the challenges of data deluge and how is Asia adapting in this area? sTec’s Michael Burnie, Senior VP, APAC, and Zack Mihalis VP, Product Management and Marketing, provide some answers.

Why are solid-state storage solutions ideal in solving the challenges of data deluge and how is Asia adapting in this area? sTec's Michael Burnie, Senior VP, APAC, and Zack Mihalis VP, Product Management and Marketing, provide some answers.

Can you give us an overview of the development of solid-state storage technology?

Solid-state storage has existed for decades at consumer-grade levels, such as in personal electronics and computers. As cloud computing and data centres evolved to require far greater performance and reliability for application processing and storage infrastructures, sTec recognised that consumer-grade flash devices were insufficient and therefore pioneered the development of enterprise-class SSDs. Enterprise-grade SSDs provide the performance and reliability required in the evolving data centres while shrinking infrastructure footprint and cooling requirements.

What are the alternatives to solid-state storage technology and what do SSDs offer that is unmatchable by other means of storage?

The most common alternative would be hard disk drives, or HDDs, which continue to be ubiquitous in computing environments that don't require the broad set of features that SSDs provide. Keep in mind that this isn't an either/or proposition; many data centres and cloud environments use both HDDs and SSDs. However, enterprise-class SSDs such as those from sTec are what deliver the levels of performance, reliability and durability required in rapidly growing enterprise-data centre infrastructures.

Why are solid-state storage solutions an ideal solution to solving the challenges of today's data centres? 

The key drivers in data centres' success are performance - where access to data is measured in microseconds - as well as the reliability of that data, and assurance that the drives that access that data will withstand time and millions of reads/writes. Enterprise-grade SSDs provide the performance and reliability required in the evolving data centres while shrinking infrastructure footprint and cooling requirements. This means faster more reliable access to data while saving on operating expenses.

How are data centres coping with the data deluge today?

Overtaxed enterprise IT infrastructures are struggling to effectively cope with the I/O demands of virtualised and Web 2.0 requirements. Further exacerbating the issue is the need to meet these requirements quickly and cost-effectively in existing data centres with limited power and cooling capacity. Data centres are searching for solutions, such as enterprise-grade flash that can cost-effectively address their evolving optimisation approaches with virtualisation, database acceleration, enterprise applications, cloud infrastructure and big data.

How does Asia adapt to the accumulating masses of data in comparison to other regions?

While Asia is the fastest-growing storage market in the world, thanks in part to the proliferation of mobile-communications devices, we see the same challenges in data accumulation in Asia as we do in other regions. That challenge, globally, is to enable fast, reliable and cost-effective access to data.

 

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