How to Build a Solid State Storage Array

While attended the April 2012 Solid State Storage Symposium in San Jose I had the opportunity to host a panel of experts and technologists from four of the leading solid state storage array vendors.  The panel discussed how to design and architect storage arrays built around solid state storage technologies.  Some of the questions included….

  1. What is the point of hanging solid state storage off the end of a network wire, surely doing so cripples its performance?
  2. How is solid state storage best used in a storage array?  As a cache extension, as a tier, as a metadata accelerator, for everything?
  3. How can data reduction technologies like deduplication be implemented without sacrificing performance?
  4. Build it yourself or pick it form the shelf. Are the best solid state storage arrays custom built form the flash up, or can they be assembled form off the shelf parts?

The discussion was lively at times with each of the vendors (Nimbus Data, Nimble Storage, Violin-Memory, Solid Fire) represented having strong and different opinions.  If you're interested in solid state storage arrays its definitely worth watching.

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2 thoughts on “How to Build a Solid State Storage Array

  1. Roger,Thanks for the comment. Yes off the shelf coomtnenps are everywhere in storage today but behind the scenes if you look carefully one can still see some custom ASICs and FPGAs. Certainly HDS and HP/3PAR talk openly about this but some others have it buried pretty deep. But you are right, you can still offer a lot of storage services without any special hardware whatsoever.Ray

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