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Nand flash SSD server storage I/O conversations

Nand flash SSD server storage I/O conversations

By Greg Schulz

Storage I/O trends

Nand flash SSD server storage I/O conversations

Now and then somebody asks me if I'm familiar with flash or nand flash Solid State Devices (SSD) technologies and trends.

Having been involved with various types of SSD technology, products and solutions since the late 80s initially as a customer in IT (including as a lunch customer for DEC's ESE20 SSD's), then later as a vendor selling SSD solutions, as well as an analyst and advisory consultant cover the technologies, I tell the person asking, well, yes, of course.

That gave me the idea as well as to help me keep track of some of the content and make it easy to find by putting it here in this post (which will be updated now and then).

Thus this is a collection of articles, tips, posts, presentations, blog posts and other content on SSD including nand flash drives, PCIe cards, DIMMs, hybrid and other storage solutions along with related themes.

Also if you can't find it here, you can always do a Google search like this or this to find some more material (some of which is on this page).

HDD, SSHD, HHDD and HDD

Flash SSD Articles, posts and presentations

The following are some of my tips, articles, blog posts, presentations and other content on SSD. Keep in mind that the question should not be if SSD are in your future, rather when, where, with what, from whom and how much. Also keep in mind that a bit of SSD as storage or cache in the right place can go a long way, while a lot of SSD will give you a benefit however also cost a lot of cash.

Are large storage arrays dead at the hands of SSD?
Can we get a side of context with them IOPS and other storage metrics?
Cisco buys Whiptail continuing the SSD storage I/O flash cash cache dash
EMC VFCache respinning SSD and intelligent caching (Part I)
Flash Data Storage: Myth vs. Reality (Via InfoStor)
Have SSDs been unsuccessful with storage arrays (with poll)?
How many IOPS can a HDD, HHDD or SSD do (Part I)?
How many IOPS can a HDD, HHDD or SSD do with VMware? (Part II)
I/O Performance Issues and Impacts on Time-Sensitive Applications (Via CMG)

server storage i/o memory hirearchy

IBM buys flash solid state device (SSD) industry veteran TMS
Is SSD dead? No, however some vendors might be
Is SSD Only for Performance?
NetApp EF540, something familiar, something new
Researchers and marketers don't agree on future of nand flash SSD
Server and Storage IO Memory: DRAM and nand flash

Some of my experiences with Hybrid Hard Disk Drive (HHDD) series of posts based on what I use in my laptops and others systems including Seagate Momentus XT here, here, here, and here (along with Samsung SSD 512GB 840 that I upgraded from a 256GB 830).

Speaking of speeding up business with SSD storage
Speaking of SSDs (with poll) With Poll, Cast Your Vote Here

flash ssd trends
Spiceworks SSD and related conversation here and here, profiling IOPs here, and SSD endurance here.
SSD is in your future, How, when, with what and where you will be using it (PDF Presentation)

SSD for Virtual (and Physical) Environments: Part I Spinning up to speed on SSD (Via TheVirtualizationPractice), Part II, The call to duty, SSD endurance, Part III What SSD is best for you?, and Part IV whats best for your needs.

IT and storage economics 101, supply and demand
SSD, flash and DRAM, DejaVu or something new?
The Many Faces of Solid State Devices/Disks (SSD)
The Nand Flash Cache SSD Cash Dance (Via InfoStor)
The Right Storage Option Is Important for Big Data Success (Via FedTech)
server storage i/o nand flash ssd options

Viking SATADIMM: Nand flash SATA SSD in DDR3 DIMM slot?
WD buys nand flash SSD storage I/O cache vendor Virident (Via VMware Communities)
What is the best kind of IO? The one you do not have to do
When and Where to Use NAND Flash SSD for Virtual Servers (Via TheVirtualizationPractice)
Why SSD based arrays and storage appliances can be a good idea (Part I)
Why SSD based arrays and storage appliances can be a good idea (Part II)
Q&A on Access data more efficiently with automated storage tiering and flash (Via SearchSolidStateStorage)
InfoStor: Flash Data Storage: Myth vs. Reality (Via InfoStor)
Enterprise Storage Forum: Not Just a Flash in the Pan (Via EnterpriseStorageForum)

SSD Storage I/O and related technologies comments in the news

The following are some of my commentary and industry trend perspectives that appear in various global venues.

Storage I/O ssd news

Using Flash Drives To Boost Performance (Via Processor)
Tech News World : SANdisk SSD
Tech News World: Samsung Jumbo SSD drives
Processor: SSD (FLASH and RAM)
SearchStorage: FLASH and SSD Storage
Internet News: Steve Wozniak joining SSD startup
Internet News: SANdisk sale to Toshiba
SearchSMBStorage: Comments on SanDisk and wireless storage product
Statetechmagazine: Boosting performance with SSD
Edtechmagazine: Driving toward SSDs

Storage I/O trends

SearchStorage: Seagate SLC and MLC flash SSD
SearchWindowServer: Making the move to SSD in a SAN/NAS
SearchSolidStateStorage: Comments SSD marketplace
InfoStor: Comments on SSD approaches and opportunities
SearchSMBStorage: Solid State Devices (SSD) benefits
SearchSolidState: Comments on Fusion-IO flash SSD and API's
SeaarchSolidStateStorage: Comments on SSD industry activity and OCZ bankruptcy
Processor: Comments on Plan Your Storage Future including SSD
Processor: Comments on Incorporate SSDs Into Your Storage Plan

Storage I/O ssd news

Digistor: Comments on SSD and flash storage
ITbusinessEdge: Comments on flash SSD and hybrid storage environments
SearchStorage: Perspectives on Cisco buying SSD storage vendor Whiptail
StateTechMagazine: Comments on all flash SSD storage arrays
Processor: Comments on choosing SSDs for your data center needs
Searchsolidstatestorage: Comments on how to add solid state devices (SSD) to your storage system
Networkcomputing: Comments on SSD/Hard Disk Hybrids Bridge Storage Divide
Internet Evolution: Comments on IBM buying flash SSD vendor TMS
ITKE: Comments on IBM buying flash SSD vendor TMS

Storage I/O trends

Searchsolidstatestorage: SSD, Green IT and economic benefits
IT World Canada: Cloud computing, dot be scared, look before you leap
SearchStorage: SSD in storage systems
SearchStorage: SAS SSD
SearchSolidStateStorage: Comments on Access data more efficiently with automated storage tiering and flash
InfoStor: Comments on EMC's Light to Speed: Flash, VNX, and Software-Defined
EnterpriseStorageForum: Cloud Storage Mergers and Acquisitions: What's Going On?

Also check out the StorageIO events and activities page here, as well as tips and articles here, news commentary here, along with download and other material here.

Hmm, maybe I have enough content here and what I'm working on to pull it all together and call it ssd4dummies.com or something like that?

Ok, nuff said (for now)

Cheers
Gs

Greg Schulz - Author Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press) and Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier)
twitter @storageio

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Greg Schulz is founder of the Server and StorageIO (StorageIO) Group, an IT industry analyst and consultancy firm. Greg has worked with various server operating systems along with storage and networking software tools, hardware and services. Greg has worked as a programmer, systems administrator, disaster recovery consultant, and storage and capacity planner for various IT organizations. He has worked for various vendors before joining an industry analyst firm and later forming StorageIO.

In addition to his analyst and consulting research duties, Schulz has published over a thousand articles, tips, reports and white papers and is a sought after popular speaker at events around the world. Greg is also author of the books Resilient Storage Network (Elsevier) and The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC). His blog is at www.storageioblog.com and he can also be found on twitter @storageio.

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