Evaluator Group’s Solid State Storage Evaluation Guide is part of a series of guides designed to help IT professionals evaluate storage technology alternatives. This Evaluation Guide and the accompanying workbook are designed to assist potential buyers understand the options and products available and to help match requirements to the available technology choices.
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Solid State Technology in its various forms has become an integral part in the planning for Information Technology storage professionals in addressing storage needs. With a number of different implementations for storage with the use of solid state technology, there can be confusion over the value of the solutions in different environments. The different approaches can change the thinking for storage professionals on how the implementations are applied in their environments. In planning for using the value brought with solid state in the evaluation, understanding the system level characteristics and performance is required. The many variations each need to be understood for value and capabilities. Evaluator Group divides the different implementations for solid state into two groups: new designs and adapted designs. New designs are storage systems designed specifically for solid state technology. Adapted designs were originally designed for spinning disk devices but were modified to take advantage of solid state technology. Both of these are generally referred to as “all flash arrays” by some vendors.