It’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to grasp the rapidly growing and evolving SSD market, particularly with the constant announcements of new products, players, and architectures, and the competing claims of vendors and technology proponents. If you’re finding the whole SSD business a bit hard to follow then you should take a look at the recently released report from Storage Strategies NOW entitled Solid State Drives and High Speed Memory: Adoption, Practice, and Deployment, partially sponsored by Kaminario.
The report contains 58 pages of survey results, market projections, technology and vendor comparisons, architectures, best practices, testing information, and case studies from an analyst firm that was following the SSD market years before everyone and his cousin was talking about it. It’s full of good information and, despite a length that may seem intimidating, is an easy, quick read. You’ll find clear, concise answers to just about all your questions about Flash, DRAM, SLC, MLC, caching, tiering, wear leveling, interfaces, and more, as well as an interesting use case involving Digital Trowel’s use of the Kaminario K2 to accelerate the cleaning and matching of more than 10 billion records.