Sorry - this isn't a magic
formula which resolves neatly in 5 easy bullet points|
by Zsolt Kerekes,
editor - July 2010
|In the early days of the
knowledge about fundamental issues like:-
how to optimally tune
servers (with high HDD
to SSD capacity gearing),
how to optimize the design of
SSD controllers, and
how best to manage flash SSD
were regarded as proprietary secrets.|
Nowadays users are discovering
that the more they learn about some of these arcane aspects of SSD technology -
the more reasons they have to worry that there may be more they need to learn
to avoid major disasters
with their SSD deployments.
Users don't have the option of sitting
back and waiting another 5 or 6 years for SSD technologies and architectures to
stabilize into a stable set of best practise ideas.
If your competitors
use are using SSDs - to speed up their business processes, or increase the
efficiency of their knowledge workers - then you don't have any choice. You too
have to participate in the
SSD market bubble
- or run the risk of being regarded as irrelevant or uncompetitive to your
StorageSearch.com has been publishing articles
about SSDs since before most people even knew the market existed - and those
articles have helped to increase understanding within the industry and
accelerate the market's progress. But one of the frequent complaints I get from
readers is that they have spent hours reading articles about SSDs and they
still don't understand what to do.
I can tell you now - that any
prescriptive guide which says - this is exactly what you need to do to buy the
best notebook or server or military SSD is doomed to failure at the start -
because users don't know they are asking the wrong questions - or have an
incomplete understanding of the data and value preferences which they have
already unconsciously applied to filtering and asking the wrong questions.
only solution to the SSD problem is better education.
But where is
this education going to come from? And who can you trust?
pages have shown that even experienced CTOs inside storage companies haven't
always understood the subtle problems instrinsic in
partners. And I have talked to many marketers in SSD companies - who operate
within a narrow range - and would certainly give you the wrong advice if you
asked them a question outside their day to day competency.
At the other
end of the spectrum I have been privileged to share dialog with a handful of
people who really understand the technology inside the chips, who know how it
will interact with computer architecture and who are guiding their companies on
a course which will lead them to the solid state promised land.
talent is rare. And you can't be sure if the claims that people make about
their own SSD understanding - stand up to any scrutiny.
That kind of
judgement creates a problem for me too.
For example - in the past
several years I've been contacted by a bunch of companies in the
data recovery market
who asked about advertising their services for
SSD data recovery.
But when I probed some of these companies with awkward questions - it was clear
that their knowledge was only superficial - and they didn't have good answers
for the tough questions I asked.
Anyone can create a web page claiming
they can solve your problems - from recovering data from a dead SSD, or
making flash live 100x
longer in a new controller scheme - to curing cancer.
online readers judge the
of the info they see?
Thousands of companies will rush into the
SSD training market - but maybe less than 1% of them today - and less than 10%
in 2012 - will
actually have worthwhile long term expeience in the subject they're talking
No list of quick links is going to solve this problem.
just the start of another journey.
Read lots of
- then ask lots of awkward questions. And good luck.
| " We have to be
ready and take advantage of this quiet period to learn and know more about SSD
technology and what the experts are saying. I found a great website that
introduces and speaks about SSD in depth. It is called StorageSearch and it is
what I consider the best treasure trove on the web right now for SSD
information. Go check it out."|
|SSDs coming into
be Ready - blog on StorageGaga.com
(August 7, 2011 )|
|Megabyte thought that knowing
actually knew was sometimes scarier than
anything at all.
|In the old days of the SSD
world - the traditional sales process went something like this.|
vendor explains to customer...
This is what an SSD is. This is how we
do it. And these are the models we sell.
In the modern era of SSDs -
the customer has received their education about what an SSD is - and what it can
do - from many sources.
So when they talk to a vendor - the customer
Don't tell me about SSDs. Tell me instead how you fit into my
idea of SSDs I'm looking for - and why I should buy from you - instead of all
enterprise SSD customer|
If a user has been deploying SSDs in their datacenter for 5 to 10 years already
- then they will have a different set of ideas about product feature preferences
and vendor profile preferences to another user who is looking at SSDs for the
first time - or who has less experience and less confidence about SSDs.
multipliers in enterprise flash |
|"People look at retail
ads for microSD cards and see a 4GB card for ~$5, whereas an industrial grade
part is many times that amount. |
"Many, younger designers (and
some older ones too) think you are trying to pull a fast one on them because
the parts look identical and function in the same socket."
in reply to a question about SSD education - and the differences between SLC
and MLC for embedded industrial SSD projects - (April 8, 2014)|