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SSD Comes to the Cloud
Powering the cloud with solid-state drives, or SSDs, was once a pipe dream for anyone dealing with data on a large scale
By: Bob Gourley
Mar. 27, 2013 10:00 AM
By Kay Ackerman
We’re now entering a world where cloud-managed Big Data is not just a topic of conversation in tech circles but a necessity for companies and service providers alike. Shifting data needs drive technological innovation. The truth is that as data gets bigger, older technology isn’t able to keep up with data production and storage. With servers, more cloud-based companies are ditching archaic spinning disk technology for powerful storage arrays fueled by solid-state storage technology.
This isn’t to say that there won’t be some significant challenges for early adopters of solid-state storage in the cloud. In fact, this is completely new technology few organizations are attempting to pioneer.
So, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine why independent enterprise-level companies and cloud service providers alike would move to implement SSD storage arrays in their datacenters. Really, if you could have the power, performance and energy savings of an SSD system at the price or spinning disk technology why wouldn’t you opt for more power and performance?
Expect to see SSDs in data centers in 2013
In the early 1980s, few PCs had hard drives because they were so new and expensive. Just a few decades later, a new contender is seeking to supplant the hard drive as king of the data storage mediums. The flow of technology toward smaller, faster, less expensive components continues, washing away aging technology and brining in the new. As the cost of SSDs continues to decrease, and as performance needs for the cloud continue to grow, more data centers will transition to SSD storage. It’ll take some time, but the change is inevitable.
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