Judging from industry chatter and published articles, it is clear that the debate about all SSD versus a hybrid SSD/HDD array is picking up. Our blog touched on this a little bit recently. This strikes me as a good thing. While we believe the industry is on a journey to the time when HDDs will be used like tape is today, naturally there are waypoints. People need to balance their storage needs and budget with all available options to them.
This brings me to an article I recently saw from Storage Switzerland titled Flash SSD May be the Answer, but It Raises Many Questions. It highlights some of the questions storage managers should start asking their vendors about SSD storage to arrive at the best type of SSD solution for their needs.
The story suggests questions about sharing capabilities, high availability and a few other topics that organizations should ask vendors. When we speak with customers, we try to ask questions of our own. So here are three questions we always ask customers considering a hybrid or all-SSD solution: