|Ratio of pricing - for enterprise FC SAN
rackmount RAM SSDs to SLC flash SSDs|
update by Zsolt Kerekes,
source - news
stories and interviews on StorageSearch.com
- where available is cheaper than SLC. That's where things start to get
complicated with the comparisons - because the cost of over-provisioning MLC to
get the same reliability as SLC complicates the picture. And no type of flash
SSD delivers the same low latency -
even if the IOPS
are similar to RAM.
SSD market analysts
SSD Jargon Explained
flash SSD Jargon Explained
RAM Cache Ratios in
the Wrong SSD Supplier
RAM v Flash SSDs -
which is Best?
flash wars in the
enterprise SSD market
Clarifying SSD Pricing -
where does all the money go?
|(published here August 2007)|
does us a disservice to compare SSDs made with DRAM and NAND in today's light
and to assume that this is the way things will always be.
The greatest cost component of any SSD is its memory. Flash SSDs use
NAND, and RAM SSDs use DRAM.
NAND has been on a steeper price decline than DRAM for its entire
existence. The price of a gigabyte of DRAM declines (on average) 32% per year.
There are indications that this decline may slow. Meanwhile, NAND's price per
gigabyte declines faster, at an average of 50% per year. While NAND used to be
more costly than DRAM, in 2004 it crossed below DRAM.
Today a gigabyte of NAND costs less than 1/3rd as much as a gigabyte
of DRAM and the gap between the two is growing.
|Large system makers, those most
likely to use RAM SSDs, want to balance resources in their systems to get the
greatest performance per dollar, and they are very likely to use three forms of
mass storage in their systems: RAM, flash, and conventional HDD. Today, with
the 3:1 price difference between NAND and DRAM it makes sense to use a certain
amount of both technologies, but those amounts greatly depend upon the system's
By the end of 2012, when a gigabyte of NAND costs 1/19th as
much as a gigabyte of DRAM, the optimum balance of flash/RAM will be very
System analysts and IT managers need to understand how their
systems use disk storage in order to optimize their balance of flash to RAM.
These users should perform their benchmarks in such a way that they can ride
the downward trends in both RAM and flash pricing to get the highest performance
for the lowest cost, taking advantage of the growing price delta between the two
the Fastest SSDs
the SSD Buyers Guide
the Top 10 SSD OEMs
RAM versus Flash SSDs
- which is Best?
SSD Myths and
Legends - "write endurance"
Are MLC SSDs Safe
in Enterprise Server Apps?
Z's Laws - Predicting
Future Flash SSD Performance
|SSD Pricing -
where does all the money go?|
|SSDs are among the most
expensive computer hardware products you will ever buy and comprehending the
factors which determine SSD costs is often a confusing and irritating
|| ...which is not made any
easier when market prices for apparently identical capacity SSDs can vary more
than 100x to 1!
Why is that? ...read the article to
|the Problem with
Write IOPS in flash SSDs |
|the "play it again Sam"
Flash SSD "random write IOPS" are now similar
to "read IOPS" in many of the
why are they such a poor predictor of application performance?
why are users still buying
RAM SSDs which cost an
order of magnitude more than SLC? (let alone
MLC) - even
when the IOPS specs look similar.
||This article tells you
why the specs got faster - but the applications didn't. And why competing SSDs
with apparently identical benchmark results can perform completely