The Switch to SSD Servers Will Accelerate

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted November 22, 2011


Solid-state drive (SSD) based servers have significant benefits over older disk-based systems. The change is slow at the moment, but the chances are good that the switch will accelerate as costs drop and performance increases in the next couple of years.


"So it is with servers, as disk-based storage systems are just now being edged into late middle age by solid-state drive (SSD) upstarts. The change is slow at the moment, but the chances are good that the switch will accelerate as costs drop and performance increases in the next couple of years.

"It's not just about price, either. Solid-state servers have significant benefits over older disk-based systems that may result in both better quality signals and workflow improvements.

"'One of the most exciting benefits of SSD is actually the increase in bandwidth it delivers,' said Andy Warman, senior product marketing manager for Harris Broadcast. 'What it means to users is they [can] use more high-data-rate codecs and have plenty of overhead left for file interchange. This blend allows the technology to fit ingest and playout cache server environments where the number of hours is less critical than the speed with which media can be interchanged, and/or where image quality is a key requirement.'"

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