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Solid-State Drives Will Complement, Not Replace, Hard-Disk Drives in Data Centers

Published: 15 April 2013

ID: G00248893

Analyst(s): Stanley Zaffos , Valdis Filks , Joseph Unsworth , John Monroe


Given the enormity of future capacity needs, it will be impossible for CIOs and IT managers to completely replace HDDs with SSDs during the next five to 10 years in data centers. Although SSDs will increase hardware performance, application workloads will still require software optimization.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • SSDs will become ubiquitous as IT departments will use some SSD capacity for all performance-constrained data center applications
  • IT departments will replace fast HDDs with SSDs, which will increase the need for slower, larger HDDs for storing inactive data
  • CIOs and IT managers will be under constant pressure from SSD vendors to buy the latest and fastest storage device, even when it is not required
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