Solid state drives
chris_jack at msn.com
Mon Apr 19 16:00:34 BST 2010
Because it's been discussed previously on this list, I thought I might draw your attention to the newish generation of SSDs:
You can probably find the performance data you want quite easily, but the key reliability data I was interested is slightly buried in section 3.5.4 of the technical document's datasheet: aka it's rated for 20Gb of writes for a minimum of 5 years. I'm not qualified to say if they are reliable enough for production databases - but I would be interested in opinions.
Seems to me we my be seeing the early stages of the death of mechanical computing (aka the rotating disk drive).
There are actually reasonably affordable (http://www.microdirect.co.uk/home/product/44075/Intel-X25-M-Mainstream-80GB-SATA-2-5-inch?source=googleps) has 80GB drives for £155 ex VAT.
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