Solid state drives

Paul Orrock paulo at
Tue Apr 20 16:30:53 BST 2010

David Cantrell wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 09:07:01AM +0000, James Laver wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 09:08:10AM +0100, Richard Huxton wrote:
>>> Having said that, there are clearly plenty of applications where  
>>> power-failure isn't an overriding worry.
>> Or 'on any machine connected to a UPS that's correctly configured to 
>> shut the machine down properly'?
>> Or 'on any machine in a datacenter with generators for backup power'.
> These things are being marketed for use in desktops.

Indeed, in residential areas with flaky power, a simple UPS which evens out 
the power spikes and can provide valuable minutes to shutdown your PC is 
well worth the £50 or so that it costs, as it will save you in 95% of 

For big hosting operations when uptime is critical, everything gets 
exponentially more complicated as you factor in everything that can 
possibly go wrong. Also regardless of what systems people put in place, you 
can never discount the human factor to mess it up and turn off the wrong 
thing at the wrong time. Like disconnecting and testing the UPS batteries 
while another team decides to test the failover circuit between UPS battery 
banks and switches the datacentre power to pull from the disconnected bank.


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