Solid-state drive refers to a data storage device that uses solid-state memory to store its persistent data.

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How does putting swap space on an SSD affect performance?

This is more of a generic question I'm interested in, rather than something I'm planning to use in production. If I got, saym a 40GB SSD drive and allocated the entire drive to be swap space leaving ...
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ESXi: Which SSD / important SSD parameters?

I want to setup a small ESXi server, which has to be silent, therefore I will use a SSD drive, however I am not sure which one I shall use and which parameters of a SSD are important for usage with ...
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Why is RAM Disk so much faster than an SSD drive? [closed]

Why is RAM Disk so much faster than an SSD drive?
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How to copy image of used portion of boot HD to smaller replacement SSD

I bought a 80gb Intel SSD to be my primary boot and system disk. I have trimmed my current primary (500gb RAID1) down to 60gb. I want to now image or copy and make the SSD my primary. The software ...
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what should i do with an extra ssd disc?

I have this server setup: http://www.server4you.com/root-server/server-details.php?products=5 That gives an extra 60 GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD hard-disk. I don't want to use it as storage. What should i do ...
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Scale a highly transactional SQL server

I’m looking to upgrade one of my site servers. The site currently executes around 20m sql queries a day and this is growing quite fast. Right now IO throughput is a real issue, so my idea is to move ...
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Does the PERC 5/i Integrated controller support SATA II/III?

I have a refurb 2950 with a PERC 5/i Integrated controller. Currently, there are 4x 3.5" SAS drives in use, with two slots available. I want to add two SSDs (using a 3.5" ICY dock) in RAID1 in the ...
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Temporary IO boost for an MSSQL server

The company that I am working for is looking at doing a data upgrade on a database to go from one version of an application to the next (Axapta 3 to Ax 2009). This process is very IO intensive and ...
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Plone / Zope / ZEO on SSD - Recommendations

I'm evaluating a new server for our Plone / Zope Installation (3.2GB Data.fs and 7.4GB blobstorage). The installation serves mostly authenticated requests and has lots of edits (Intranet and eLearning ...
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Is there any longer such a thing as a nonvolatile RAM based storage device (not flash)?

There used to be such things, rare though they were. For instance I recall there was a CompactFlash static RAM card. But surely somebody still makes a battery-backed SRAM or DRAM based PCI card based ...
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Buying new IBM Blade. Considering SSDs for heavy IOPS configuration

I am in market for a new server and I require heavy disk iops. Our retailer is offering an IBM BLADE HS22 with dual Xeons, but limited to RAID0/1. For some reason the only SSDs he can offer me are ...
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SSD system disk durability?

This is a follow up to Server System drive on a USB stick? Good? Bad?. I set my mind on this 2GB motherboard mountable PATA SSD. (I already ordered it because I had a voucher, this question is to ...
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Can one SSD replace a pair of mirrored drives?

I have various firewall/router/utility type boxes that do not require much if any storage for their primary purpose other than booting. But I do like to be able to put a more or less standard CentOS/...
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MySQL, disk I/O and SSD drives

We have a LAMP box with 2x mirrored 1 TB WD Black Caviar disks running the whole OS and MySQL. 8 GB / RAM, 2x quad core CPUs. We're really taxed on disk I/O, and I've been thinking of ...
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SAS vs SSD Performance

Hi does anyone have any input on how a SAS 15k RPM drive would perform compared to a sata based SSD drive, assuming its using the latest verison of sata. These drives would be in a 4 drive raid 10 ...
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Mounting 2.5“ SSD in Antec Atlas 550's 3.5” bay

Just got some new SSDs to add to my servers, unfortunately there doesn't appear to be anywhere to actually mount them. The cases are Antec Atlas 550 mid-tower server cases. The problem is that the 3....
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What Raid should I use for Website Static Files / Content

I'm building a Web server (IIS7) and would like to know the best practice for storing static content and the uploaded files of website's users (predominantly pictures, but also other documents like ...
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Experience with Intel X25-M 160GB and Oracle

We're considering building an Oracle database with 12 Intel X25-M G2 160GB drives in software RAID10. It'd be running Linux. Database gets some very heavy write activity during the early morning data ...
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SSD drives with SAS Interface

Why there aren't any SSD with SAS interface? Are there any technological limitations or it is simply because manufacturers haven't produced one yet?
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Server RAM acting as HDD

I've some software that wants access to a very fast disk. I could buy an SSD, but my server has approx 64GB of ram spare. Is it possible to use a portion of that unused RAM to create and mount a ...
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SSD for swap on Ubuntu server

Currently I am reading SSD reviews and I wonder how much exactly I will benefit if I move the 24 GB swap from 7200rpm HDD to SSD. Does anyone implemented swap space on SSD? Is this generally good idea?...
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SATA SSD in Dell Server

I have a Dell R815 (PDF LINK), which has 6 2.5" bays. I would like to put some Intel X25-E in the spare bays, but have been cautioned that they may not fit since they are SATA and the bays are SAS/...
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Does an SSD in a file server on a gigabit LAN result in noticeably faster file access for end users compared to HDD?

I've read a lot (and experienced) the benefits (fast boot times, quick program launching, quick file access, etc) of using an SSD as the boot drive on a workstation, but haven't been able to find much ...
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Measuring 'total bytes written' under Linux

We're quite interested in exploring the possibility of using SSD drives in a server environment. However, one thing that we need to establish is expected drive longevity. According to this article ...
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DB Server with RAID 10 SSDs

So we were offered a server to be used as our production DB Server. The biggest difference is that it will contain 6 x 80GB SSD in Hardware RAID 10 using an LSI 8708 RAID Card. Here are the specs: ...
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how many disks can saturate a 6GSAS controller ? :LSI 9260-8i

This is my build: LSI 9260-8i: MAX read throughput of 2,875 MB/s, write performance of 1,800 MB/s 24x SAS 10K RPM drives 2x 100GB Dell SSDR (SATA) drives for ZIL and L2ARC All plugged to same ...
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VMware Esxi with Kingston SSDNow (No Trim but S.M.A.R.T Garbage Collection)

I recently posted asking whether Trim is supported on VMware Esxi (here) and found out it is NOT. I've read that some SSDs, such as the Kingston SSDNow have hardware garbage collection. Would this ...
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SSD on Vmware ESXI 4 (TRIM? Good Idea?)

I just posted about finding bottle necks and have narrowed it down to having way too many VMs on my machine on one 15K SAS drive. I have plenty of cores and plenty of ram. So I am planning on putting ...
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Can I use dmraid instead of md (mdadm) to make software RAID-1 and RAID-1+0 volumes?

On a related question about SSDs and TRIM (see: Possible to get SSD TRIM (discard) working on ext4 + LVM + software RAID in Linux? ), it turns out that dmraid may now (or shortly) support TRIM on RAID-...
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Crucial C300 256GB SSDs in Dell M605 (or similar) Blade with Perc H700

Does anyone have any experience with 3rd party SSD drives in any of the Dell Blade range? I'm not prepared to pay dell £1000 for a 100GB SSD drive, when I can pick up 2x 256GB drives for £800! I've ...
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What's in my ZFS ARC and L2ARC caches?

I have a simple ZFS setup at home, four disks mirrored, 8GB ram and 120GB Intel X25-M SSD for L2ARC. I ran zpool add poolname cache cXtXdX then generated load and eagerly tracked the warming process ...
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SSD TRIM (discard) problems with ext4 on Crucial C300 SSDs with CentOS 5.5

Playing around with using a modern kernel (2.6.37 currently) on an older OS (CentOS 5.5) so we can get TRIM (discard) working on our SSDs (Crucial C300s). The most recent hdparm (9.37) concurs that ...
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Possible to get SSD TRIM (discard) working on ext4 + LVM + software RAID in Linux?

We use RAID1+0 with md on Linux (currently 2.6.37) to create an md device, then use LVM to provide volume management on top of the device, and then use ext4 as our filesystem on the LVM volume groups. ...
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RAID of SATA SSDs or PCIe Flash?

As a reference: Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB drives. MySQL 5.1.5x running InnoDB tables. Linux (CentOS 5.5 etx3 journaled). Questions: Is it better to use a RAID of these so that drives can be ...
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HP Smart Array p400i with Intel X25-M 160 SSD

I have a pair of x25-M 160 Intel SSD's in an HP DL360 G5 with a p400i Smart Array running 512 BBWC. The disk performance I am getting on this box and another identical one does not come close to ...
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Tape vs SSDs backups regarding long-term storage reliability

My question is very specifically about solid state drives, not regular hard drives. I would like to put in place a grandfather-father-son backup scheme, with the SSDs being used for the grandfather ...
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question about a sata read/write speed

I'm contemplating biting the bullet for an ssd drive in a server, obviously I know it will be MUCH faster than a regular 7200rpm sata2 3gbps drive. The nice thing about ssd's is often they post the ...
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PERC 5/i and SSD

I have a PowerEdge 2950 with PERC 5/i and 4x 300GB 10K SAS drives in RAID 10. I want to add a secondary RAID 0 virtual disk using 2x SSD in the extra two slots. I know I'll need a 2.5" -> 3.5" adapter ...
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RAID1: Migrate HDD to SSD?

My current workstation uses an Adaptec 5805, with Win2008 mirrored between two 72 GB (10K?) savvio drives. My question is if there's a way to migrate the mirror to use SSDs - I've been looking at ...
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For a new database server, which partition will benefit the most from SSDs?

I'm speccing a new database server for a Microsoft SQL Server environment. In the past, I would create four separate RAID arrays for OS, data, transaction logs, and tempdb. Now, I am looking at the ...
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SSD as System Memory?

Can multiple SSDs with RAID or something like Texas Memory Systems' storage solutions be used as system memory?
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Question about drives in a heavily used file storage server

I have a medium sized file storage website that allows people to backup their data online. A lot of these files are shared, and receive large amounts of traffic. I have several types of servers, and I ...
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Low read latency SSD

What's the most cost effective low latency (when reading) SSD? My application involves DB searching, so write performance isn't a concern. 64GB is sufficient I've looked at Fusion IO ioXtreme, ...
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SSD Harddisk and linux distro with TRIM support

I have a Corsair Force Series SSD harddrive which I plan to put in a 1 unit linux box as a linux server. The server itself will be making a lot of random reads and very little writes, which makes SSD ...
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Use SSD for web server

Im building a new server for my company and would like to know which option is better? using SSD or traditional hard drives with RAID 10? I prediect that the web server will perform a lot of read/...
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Web server on SAN vs SSD

We are running 3 PHP web servers with the web directory (including the php files to be ran locally) pulled from a their own local SSD drive. We are deciding wheter to install a SAN to server our web ...
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Free tiered storage automation in linux?

I have a couple virtualized fileservers running in QEMU/KVM on ProxmoxVE. The physical host has 4 storage tiers with significant performance variances. They're attached both locally and via NFS. ...
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Does anybody know why HP offers only SATA SSD drives?

HP offers SSD drives for their ProLiant range of servers but they only come with SATA interfaces. This is strange because in the past drives with SATA interfaces were Second Class Citizens in the ...
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Causes of sudden massive filesystem damage? (“root inode is not a directory”) [closed]

I have a laptop running Maverick (very happily until yesterday), with a Patriot Torx SSD; LUKS encryption of the whole partition; one lvm physical volume on top of that; then home and root in ext4 ...
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Does a web application which is running on SSD need in-memory caching?

My hosting provider offers me to increase my server's memory from 8gb to 24gb, at the same monthly cost of 3x 120gb SSD. SSD choice seems more reasonable to me; but im curious if my web application ...