#ServerSmart – Chat 4 Recap: Solid-State Drives in the Enterprise

ServerSmart - June 12 ImageIncrease your expertise with #ServerSmartThe next chat occurred on the blog’s chat page on Thursday, June 12, 2014 where David Blunden, Intel SSD® Application Engineer, Alan Winscott, Intel SSD North America and the Intel SSD Team lead the discussion on Solid-State Drives in the Enterprise.

Here are the highlights from the discussion:

(1) Reliability of SSD vs. traditional hard drives

  • Mayura Garg: Let’s start by discussing how do SSDs compare to Hard Drives in terms of reliability for storage applications.
  • David Blunden: Since SSDs are based on Solid State material there are not moving parts.  This gives SSD a great advantage over HDDs. At Intel we pride ourselves on reliability – that is the reason we have a 5 year warranty on almost all of our drives.
  • @Molacc: SSD is very reliable and durable because it’s just glass and no moving parts.
  • John Hennerberg: Intel SSDs are amazing in every way thus far, I haven’t had any problems!
  • Dan Wright: Is there any activity that is ‘normal’ for traditional drives that would void warranty on SSDs?
  • James Johnson: @Dan Wright – There no activity that is ‘normal’ for traditional drives that would void warranty on SSDs.
  • David Blunden: @Dan Wright – We run what is called an RDT on all of our Drives… Reliability Demonstration Test which is 1K hours with hundreds of drives. It goes back to your reliability question.  We build our drives to last and be extremely consistent in performance. We want our drives to work the same way throughout the life of the drive.   This is what makes us (SSD) stand out in Data Centers.

(2)    Solid-State Drives – Online Resources:

(3)   Using an SSD:

  • Bbc Cheng: Well, most devices are turn on all day long. For a 24 x 7 switch on, what is a reasonable expectation for a SSD device? Again, it is a 24 x 7.
  • Zhdan Bybin (Dan, Application Engineer with Intel NSG (SSD group)): @Bbc Cheng – Intel Data-Center SSDs are spec’ed for 24/7 workload and the warranty covers 5 years. It could last much longer, depends on workload.
  • Gary Swinn: SSDs are a win-win in every aspect when talking about performance and energy usage! It is exciting to have a five year life in the data center for SSDs! It is also great that it cuts down on heat generation and noise!
  • Wayne LaSalle: From my understanding some SSD drives actually erase the data upon deletion rather than just marking the space as available for use. When information is deleted from and SSD it can’t be recovered correct?
  • Zhdan Bybin: @Wayne LaSalle – it depends on which command are you sending. TRIM command should delete the data on NAND If it is issues by HOST/OS.

(4)    Defining Consumer vs. Enterprise data centers:

  • Devrin Kuipers: Consumers often don’t understand the difference between enterprise and consumer products.  What differentiates these in the Intel products?
  • Zhdan Bybin: … Enterprise SSDs are tested and validated with servers and under server workload: 100% drive span, 24/7 environment. … And also Data-Center drives have more enterprise features like Power Loss protection …  Client SSDs could have high IOPS too but the spec for client workload is much easier vs. the data-center. Eg:100% drive span vs. 4GB span
  • @Carkeekc: Are the consumer and enterprise models actually manufactured in the same way?
  • David Blunden: @carkeekc – They are built and validated differently.  By build they have a different level of NAND and FW with different features. Client drives are built for UltraBooks, which need low power and high performance. Data center drives are designed for consistent performance, high reliability and the preservation of data.
  • Devrin Kuipers: What are the IOPS and max sustained read/writes on the Intel SSD’s for the enterprise class and how does this correlate to consumer models?
  • Zhdan Bybin: @Devrin Kuipers – For Data-Center SSD we always have detailed performance spec in our data sheets. For example: S3700 Random Write IOPS :75000.


The next chat topic, Today’s Unified Network on June 19, 1 p.m. EDT/ 10 a.m. PDT, will be led by the Intel® Networking Division Team: Brian Johnson, Lori Hansen, and Chris Allison, Intel NA Channels Market Development Manager.

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