In this blog, I want share with you the benefits of the Intel® Enterprise Class Solid-State Drive (SSD). I have compiled a list of articles, white papers, solution briefs, and blogs and provided links below. After reading through the information, I found that it would be useful for you, as the developers wanting to use the Intel Enterprise Class SSD, to get the essential information quickly by grouping them into the questions below. The questions are: What is the Intel Enterprise Class SSD? What is the workload characterization in RAID configurations? Where are the SSDs being used? What are some methods to increase the performance?
What is the Intel Enterprise Class SSD?
You will gain an in-depth understanding of the Intel® SSD DC S3700 SSD series and Intel® SSD DC S3500 series by reviewing the production qualification, workload requirements, power-loss protection, consistent performance, and data integrity blogs. These series of blogs were written by the Intel IT experts Christian Black and James Myers.
Where are the SSDs being used?
Intel works with various developers across different applications such as database, virtualization, Hadoop, big data, and cloud computing to show the different usage models for Intel SSD. If you are interested in database use cases, the scale up performance with NoSQL* and database in a SAN-Free environment papers can provide you with more insights. For virtualization using SSDs, a VMWare* use case and Intel demo use case at the Cloud Expo in NY’13 are two examples of using the SSDs in a virtualized environment. If considering using the Intel SSD in a cloud environment or to solve a big data challenge, you should see how one of the largest Italian banks is using Intel SSD with Apache Hadoop software and the guide for building a high-IOPS/low-cost storage area network (SAN).
What is the workload characterization in RAID configurations?
There many different workloads in the data center/cloud environment that can take advantage of the performance of the Intel® Enterprise Class SSD. You might be wondering what the best use cases are. To learn more about different performance characteristics of the Intel SSD DC S3500 in a RAID configuration across multiple workloads, you should review the “Intel® SSD DC S3500 Series RAID Workload Characterization” guide.
What are some methods to increase the performance for your environment?
For developers who like coding and want to make some minor changes to take greater advantage of the speed of SSDs, you might want to read about characterizing disk I/O-bound applications and how you can improve performance on Linux. You might also want to review the Intel SSD performance characteristics to help you with improving workload performance.
After reading the answers to the questions above, you should have a good understanding of the Intel Enterprise Class SSD benefits and capabilities. Seeing a wide usage of real world applications should help you characterize your workloads and tune them. With this wealth of knowledge, I hope that you can use and apply them to your cloud and data center environment. For developers who influence purchasing decisions in their companies, the ROI (Return of Investment) and TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of the SSDs article is a great resource. If design computing is part of your scope of work, the adoption of SSDs in your cloud and data center environment may provide additional insights.