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

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Are SSD drives as reliable as mechanical drives (2013)?

SSD drives have been around for several years now. But the issue of reliability still comes up. I guess this is a follow up from this question posted 4 years ago, and last updated in 2011. It's now ...
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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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Third-party SSD solutions in ProLiant Gen8 servers

I was wondering if anyone had any specific experience using Intel DC3700 SSDs (or similar) in the HP (DL380p) Gen8 servers? I'm upgrading a set of database servers that use direct-attached storage. ...
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HP D2700 enclosure and SSDs. Will any SSD work?

I've got an HP D2700 enclosure that I'm looking to shove some 2.5" SSD drives in. Looking at the prices of HP's SSD drives vs something like an Intel 710 and even something less 'enterprisey', there's ...
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ZFS - Impact of L2ARC cache device failure (Nexenta)

I have an HP ProLiant DL380 G7 server running as a NexentaStor storage unit. The server has 36GB RAM, 2 LSI 9211-8i SAS controllers (no SAS expanders), 2 SAS system drives, 12 SAS data drives, a ...
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Zeroing SSD drives

We host VPSes for customers. Each customer VPS is given an LVM LV on a standard spindle hard disk. If the customer were to leave, we zero out this LV ensuring that their data does not leak over to ...
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3rd party SSD drive in HP Proliant server only shows 3G transfer speed

After receiving some excellent advice in a previous question, we've bought a OWC Mercury Extreme Pro drive for use in our HP Proliant DL360 G7 server. Both the drive, and the P410i array controller, ...
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Reliability of ssd drives

The main advantage of SSD drives is better performance. I am interested in their reliability. Are SSD drives more reliable then normal hard drives? Some people say they must be because they have no ...
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How to determine number of write cycles or expected life for SSD under Linux?

We've been running an SSD (Intel X25-M) in a Linux (RHEL 5) server for a while, but never made any effort to figure out how much write load it was under for the past year. Is there any tool under ...
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Do I need to RAID Fusion-io cards?

Can I run reliably with a single Fusion-io card installed in a server, or do I need to deploy two cards in a software RAID setup? Fusion-io isn't very clear (almost misleading) on the topic when ...
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SSD head / cylinder / cluster details

A customer of ours makes industrial robots that run on very old, but stable, hardware and software. The only bottleneck has always been the hard drive in these moving machines. Due to constant ...
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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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Age replacement policy for hard disks and SSDs at servers

I'm planing an age replacement policy for our storage and servers. Most of them are for DBs and some for images (static content) so yes, they have an huge I/O everytime. Also, we use Samsung 840 Pro ...
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What RAID controller comes with DL360 G7?

I plan to setup RAID10 using SSD drives. What RAID controller comes with the HP DL360 G7? Is it a real Hardware RAID controller? And it is compatible with CentOS Linux? Will SSD be ok in RAID10?
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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 ...
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Who manufactures the enterprise SAS SSD drives sold by HP?

I'm curious about who manufactures the SLC and MLC Enterprise SSD drives sold by HP. They are labeled "6G SAS Hot Plug Enterprise Performance Solid State Drives" and "6G SAS Hot Plug Enterprise ...
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Home-brew automatic tiered storage solutions with Linux? (Memory -> SSD -> HDD -> remote storage)

Related to this question about using an SSD for system and HDD for data, except I would like my system to do this automatically... Is it possible to have several layers of storage and push items ...
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Squid or Other HTTP Caches with SSD Cache Store?

I'm contemplating setting up a squid (or possibly varnish) cache on a system with SSD drives. The obvious benefit is that these systems have great READ speeds and I expect my hit ratios to be fairly ...
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ZFS: best practices for adding cache to pools

sounds like dumb question but there are no ready answers at SF can the cache pool have different name than the zpool? eg: suppose there is a zpool "tank" serving NFS and iSCSI can a new cache pool ...
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Scaling databases with cheap SSD hard drives

I hope that many of you are working with high traffic database-driven websites, and chances are that your main scalability issues are in the database. I noticed a couple of things lately: Most large ...
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HP storage arrays - multiple channels?

Our SQL server is becoming pretty heavily loaded, and all indications point to the disk channel being the bottleneck. The current HP server has a fairly low-end array card, and we're looking to ...
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Configuring SQL for optimal performance… SSD or HDD?

Does anyone know of any comparisons that show how SSDs compare to HDDs for performance in a SQL environment? I'm trying to understand what type of performance benefit might be gained by moving to ...
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Root Device on SSD instance types. SSD vs EBS confusion

I have an AMI that was originally created from a t1.micro linux. The "Root Device Type" of this AMI is EBS (8 GB) and my web application software is "baked" into this root volume. Now I would like to ...
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Filesystem and partitioning for SSDs on Linux

What are the best practices for using an SSD on a Linux workstation? Specifically, I'm interested in: What mounts I should put on the SSD and what I should keep on my HDD What filesystem I should ...
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Most Appropriate log-structured file system to use with Linux / SSD?

With the development of log-structured filesystems and the introduction of (relatively) inexpensive SSDs, is there a best choice for a log-structured filesystem for use on Linux with SSD drives?
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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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Recommended SSD Setup

I'm building a new server which will be running a text search service for our online web services. This service requires fast IO so I am trying to further reduce any potential bottlenecks. I would ...
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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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What are the main points to avoid RAID5 with SSD?

My understanding is that an SSD has a limited amount of writes. RAID5 performs many writes due to parity information across the drives. So reasoning states that RAID5 would kill and lower the ...
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What are the best options for a root filesystem hosted on SSD under Linux

I'm working on an embedded system which is going to be booting and hosting it's rootfs on an SSD disk. We are currently looking at using Intel X-18M SSDs. The file system structure will have a fairly ...
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SSD - Tweaks/Recommended Configuration

I've just purchased my first SSD drive (a 32GB MLC from Imation) without doing enough research ahead of time in the spirit of giving the new technology a shot and getting myself up to speed by ...
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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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Trim on intel x25-m G2 when connected by iscsi

I am running a windows 7 vm on esxi connected to x25-M G2 via iscsi, which is running starwind iscsi on server 2008. Is trim a function of the vm OS or the iscsi server OS or not applicable with ...
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Switch SATA disks in DELL PowerEdge R410

I need a 1U rackserver for hosting a website running on Windows Server and MS SQL. I plan to have a SSD drive for the system and SQL database and a large 1-2 TB standard SATA HDD for a lot of ...
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Force renegotiation of PCI Express link speed? x2 card reverts to x1 width

In an effort to circumvent compatibility and cost barriers to using SSD drives with newer HP ProLiant Gen8 servers, I'm working to validate PCIe-based SSDs on the platform. I've been experimenting ...
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VMware ESXi SSD on RAID showing as non-ssd

I am replacing a KVM server with a ESXi server. I just installed ESXi 5.5u1 and added a data store. The new server has 4 SSD drives in RAID 6 using hardware RAID. When I added the data store VMware ...
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LSI 9260-8i w/ 6 256gb SSDs - RAID 5, 6, 10, or bad idea overall?

We're provisioning a new production server for our reasonably busy website. Our choice of host have available a 6 drive configuration with a LSI 9260-8i card. My initial thought was to fill all six ...
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Dell SSD options and 3rd party SSDs in Dell hardware

Anyone have any experience with Dell's SSDs? We're looking at using them for a machine running a key value database like Tokyo Tyrant. They're expensive as well as being pretty small. Only 25/50GB ...
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HP P410 RAID + Samsung 830 SSDs + Debian 6.0 - What performance to expect?

I'm renting two dedicated servers from a hosting company. Here are the specs: server1: HP ProLiant DL165 G7 2x AMD Opteron 6164 HE 12-Core 40 GB RAM HP Smart Array P410 RAID controller 2x Samsung 830 ...
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Advices for filesystem choice and tuning on SSD?

What is your favourite filesystem on SSD disks, and why? I'm asking because on my Acer Aspire One with 8 GB SSD with ReiserFS it takes ages to boot after an unclean shutdown, so I'm probably missing ...
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The use of external journals on SSDs

Certain journaled file-systems do suffer from performance penalties for hosting the journal on the same drive as the filesystem itself. Using an external journal can improve write speeds. With the ...
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Are there any SAN vendors that allow third party drives? [closed]

I'm trying to convert our SaaS platform to SSDs for performance reasons, and wanted to use the new Intel DC3500. But our Dell SAN only accepts authorized Dell drives, and their only options are eMLC ...
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Third-party SSD in Proliant g8?

Anyone having success with third-party SATA or SAS drives with Proliant G8's? I know the G7's were flaky and had BIOS issues. We're looking for real-world success stories with particular brands and ...
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SSD for system and HDD for data for Desktop environnement

I have to buy some new computers for my users. Some sellers told me that it is a good idea to have a small SSD (32GB) for the System (linux or WinXP) and a SATA II (more than 300GB) for other stuff. ...
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3rd party SSD drives in HP Proliant server - monitoring drive health

As discussed in a previous question, we have 6 OWC Mercury Extreme SATA SSD drives installed in our HP Proliant DL360 G7 server (using a P410i RAID controller). They work great, and are very fast. ...
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Using both expanders in HP D2700

I am considering purchasing an HP D2700 for use with SSDs (Samsung Pro 840's), for use in realtime playback of high resolution images. The D2700 has two I/O modules (which I assume are the actual SAS ...
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SSD redundancy via HDD

Is there a way to guarantee redundancy to an SSD using an HDD? Raid 1 is the best choice to guarantee redundancy in HDDs, but SSDs are too expensive to guarantee redundancy via RAID. If I was to ...
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How to “align” a Linux file system with a SSD?

I'm interested in getting a dedicated server with a SSD, probably Corsair Force series CSSD-F120GB2-BRKT. It'll be an Linux server, most likely running XFS (but I'm open to other alternatives). ...
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Relative seek times for various types of storage media

Does anyone know the approximate time required to retrieve and modify a kilobyte of data for various types of storage media in a typical modern server? Specifically: RAM Hard disk SSD This would ...
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SSD stalls my Windows 2003 installation

I've just installed Windows 2003 Server on a Corsair CMFSSD-64N1 64GB SSD and I am quite baffled from the outcome... This is the slowest experience I've ever had with my computer. When running a ...