As long as global IT organizations continue to invest heavily in SSD technology—citing improved access time, reliability and power usage—we’ll keep blogging about it. We’ve given you our 4 SSD predictions for this year and we’ve raved about cool, fast components you can add to support it, including NVM Express.
Now we deliver you a helpful SSD upgrade checklist from our in-house pros:
Don’t lose sleep at night with antiquated security. While full-disk encryption (FDE) has been long known as a software-only security solution, Opal-compliant drives are the disk-encryption standard for hardware. It enables you to secure data-at-rest in order to keep information where it belongs.
Additionally, in terms of sensitive use, FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard)-compliant drives represent the U.S. government standard for disk encryption.
Power fail prevention
Question: If your power were to fail, would your drives hold the current cached data until power returned (and then transfer that information)? If not, look into p-fail protection, which is also called “full power loss protection.”
You already know that SSDs dramatically outpace HDDs in terms of read and write speeds. This is just a reminder to regularly test your data’s read and write performance from your drives (megabytes per second). Is it time to upgrade? You’re paying for speed when you purchase SSDs, so you should know your numbers.
Speaking of regular testing and possible upgrading, don’t forget drive endurance. You should know your drive writes per day (DWPD) and/or terabytes written (TBW).
Do you know the maximum amount of data that can be stored on your SSD? Is it enough to optimize performance? Make sure the capacity of the drive you have matches the capacity of the drive you need.
Always have a good warranty and redundancy built in, in case your server were to go down. Ingram Micro offers 1-, 3- and 5-year warranties. If, for example, you’re on a 5-year warranty and have experienced no issues, make sure you don’t push it another 5 years.
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