[Blogger’s note: No Hard Disk Drives were harmed during the writing of this blog]
Mark Twain once said: “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”
I am almost certain, but not 100% positive, he was referring to those who still believe the next era in cloud computing can be done on hard disk drives.
According to the hard disk drive apologists, all one needs for cloud computing is some spinning platters and some inert monatomic gas.
Video streaming services, cloud-based analytics SaaS, social media content repositories, and file/synch & share personal cloud services are all heavy on storage capacity, data throughput and compute.
In order to deliver these types of storage hungry cloud data services on hard disk drives, service providers must account for many spindles, vast amount of data center floor space, and associated power; service providers pass these costs onto enterprises and to consumer subscriptions.
What if cloud service providers could reduce data center costs and also improve application performance and consumer experiences at the same time? What if app developers were relinquished from the constrained I/O of hard drives?
We believe these scenarios are possible.
SanDisk® has a vision for the next era of cloud computing. A vision where developers will be able to leverage the inherent scale and performance capabilities of flash storage for incredible application performance for enterprises and a new level of consumer apps for entertainment and personal productivity.
Designed and Optimized for Cloud Services
Today, SanDisk announced CloudSpeed Eco™ Gen. II, a two terabyte (TB) SSD designed specifically for cloud data centers. At the 2TB SSD form factor, service providers can aggregate dozens, or hundreds, of these SSDs to achieve the type of extreme scalability and performance required for SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS features and functionality.
CloudSpeed Eco™ Gen. II is inert monatomic gas free, but still has the following attributes:
- 2 terabyte storage capacity*
- 530 megabytes per second of sustained throughput
- 15nm MLC flash technology means SanDisk is able to offer flash storage in a greater density form factor to lower data center costs
- Power Failure Protection
- On-board data integrity firmware correction capability
- Better MTBF than hard disk drives
- Lower heat, power and cooling requirements
What do you see as the biggest storage challenges for hyperscale data centers? Let me know in the comments below.
*1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user capacity less.
Chris brings over 20 years of experience with enterprise systems integrators, co-location facilities, dev. tools and enterprise storage.