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SSD Implementation A Strategic Imperative For Growing Number Of Data Centers

If they don't already have it, virtually every data center with mission-critical, high performance applications that process high-volume transactions or require computer-intensive resources, has solid state drives in sight. This includes financial trading transaction data centers, airline and hotel reservation processing data centers, resource-intensive applications like movie rendering and scientific modeling, and Web serving application providers like Google. For many organizations, the I/O bottleneck that traditional hard disk (HDD) presents to servers has reached a pain point that is strangling their businesses. Meanwhile, Flash prices are dropping--pushing SSDs into mainstream consideration for data centers. "We are getting to the point where we are changing the memory hierarchy of these systems," said Jim McGregor, In Stat's chief technology strategist. McGregor predicts that within the next two years, companies serving large enterprise customers will start moving SSDs into their standard product lines.

Indeed, this is already happening. IBM recently announced that it will include SSD as a storage option across all of its product lines. EMC has storage options that include SSD. This legitimizes SSD in the eyes of fear-averse CIOs, and advances the case for SSD in enterprises.

"There is a set of customers whose businesses depend on performance, or that have some applications in the business that are responsible for revenue generation," said Woody Hutsell, President of Texas Memory Systems. "These applications can be in large enterprises or in small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). "Part of the value proposition of SSD is its ability to use only a fraction of the power that hard drives require, while providing superior performance."

Cost of acquisition has been an obstacle for SSD--but in today's green initiative environment, even SMBs are starting to calculate technology over the  long haul in total cost of ownership (TCO) formulas that include data center power consumption and square footage. All of this plays favorably for SSD over hard drives.

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