Coding Horror: The State of Solid State Hard Drives
Is anyone else running the sims backend on an SSD drive?
We had a HDD failure a while back so I decided to replace it with one of the new Intel 32nm SSD drives.
Its working well and is very quick to connect the shared drive and load up sims now. I'm just wondering if anyone else is doing this or if there are any disadvantages?
SQL doesn't really do that many writes, most of the problems with SSD are to do with the older models, newer ones have clever methods to solve the problems and can handle billions of writes... having said that, I wouldn't like to try - Unless someone wants to give a pair of SSD hdds to try?
Given the generally better disk access speed of SSDs I can see it being really good for SIMS performance, especially thrown into a good server with the SQL set up optimised.
I just priced up a tidy little netbook HP 5101 with a nice large SSD but can't quite justify the extra $300+
On the other hand if the performance really is that good, it could be worth it for SIMs.
The 160gb X-25M are "only" 300 quid these days and seem to work great. Connecting to the mapped network drive is particularly quick and is a noticeable improvement. Also rebooting the server takes about half the time now which actually makes a lot of difference with maintenance procedures.
I'll report back if I have any problems but the old mechanical HDD only lasted a year in my Sims server so if it can beat that I will be happy
I'm waiting for the SLC X-25E's to come down in price until I upgrade the rest of the servers.
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