DS8000: Introducing Solid State Drives

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Published 13 May 2009, updated 13 June 2011

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IBM Form #: REDP-4522-00
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Authors: Bertrand Dufrasne, Kerstin Blum, Uwe Dubberke


Solid State Drives (SSDs) are high-IOPS class enterprise storage devices targeted at business critical production applications that can benefit from high levels of fast-access storage.

In addition to better IOPS performance, SSDs offer a number of potential benefits over electromechanical Hard Disk Drives (HDDs), including better reliability, lower power consumption, less heat generation, and lower acoustical noise.

This paper explores the characteristics of SSDs, available for all DS8000 models as an optional, RPQ based feature.
This paper was written for the DS8100 and DS8300 with microcode release 4.2.

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