Although relatively low in capacity, solid-state (flash) storage provides extremely high input/output per second (IOPS) performance that can potentially solve most storage I/O related challenges in the data center. There is great excitement around solid state disks (SSD) because they offer great promise for performance improvement and power savings. But those planning an SSD deployment face a bewildering variety of deployment choices. Moreover, choosing poorly can yield large expense, disruption to existing storage environments, and a complex new set of storage management tasks.
This SSD deployment note, provided by VeloBit, is intended to help storage and application storage administrators make wise decisions. The note summarizes the choices available, and outlines some of the pros and cons of different deployment options.