My colleagues Herco van Brug and Marcel Kleine have written an excellent whitepaper on how to use flash storage (SSD) in an enterprise environment.
The whitepaper offers some background information on how SSD works on the bit and byte level. It also explains why SSD is not always the correct term for flash based storage. Technologies like NAND, MLC, TLC are all explained in this whitepaper; you will also learn why flash based storage can offer an insane number of IOPS!
After this deep dive, the white paper discusses some specific applications for flash based storage.Using 6 different scenario’s Herco and Marcel show how flash based storage can be utilised:
- Flash Cache
- Flash Tiered
- Hybride File Systems
- Flash Only Arrays
- Server Side Flash
- Network Flash
Per scenario the authors give a clear explanation of the technology, mention the pros & cons and describe the practical (real life) applications.
Because storage is an important focus for every virtualization consultant and admin, this whitepaper offers some valuable information.
Will the future be SSD only? Check the whitepaper and find out for yourself!