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If the considered picking and imposing one of the best undertaking storage resolution provides you chills like a stiff wind off of Lake Michigan, worry no longer. This succinct video collection is primer on Intel Stable-State drives that can assist you flip up the warmth on your business storage gross sales.

These educational movies, introduced through CRN, will can help you evaluate, provide help to with choosing the right SSD options, provide you with helpful tips that let you promote SSDs to your shoppers, and convey you instruments and ways that make implementation bother free.

So sit down again and tune in.

Making the Swap to SSD

Information retains getting larger, and also you’re pressed to maintain your buyers up and operating, sustaining traumatic carrier ranges.

Utilization and demand for spontaneous get right of entry to continues to develop and it drives a bottleneck within the knowledge middle, which may also be tied straight away to exhausting disks. Exhausting disks can not preserve up with the processing energy of these days’s knowledge facilities. It’s time to have a look at making the swap to SSDs that make the most of a lot quicker NAND flash. Plus they’re about ninety % extra vitality environment friendly.

This video touches on general SSD technology, file optimization and steering on making the swap to SSD.

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Using SSDs to Improve Server Performance

This video looks at a case study that was performed by Intel’s internal IT department, in which an email server’s 40 HHDs were replaced by 16 Intel DC-S3700 data center SSDs.

The results were pretty remarkable. Email transaction rates were a full six times faster than before, user authentication took place in half the time, and server CPU headroom was increased by 50 percent. Additionally, rack space and cooling requirements were reduced significantly and energy efficiency increased.  (You can read the study at intel.com/it.)

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Using SSD-Based Caching to Improve Application Performance

With today’s high-speed, multi-core CPUs, the bottleneck has shifted to the storage subsystems. That’s particularly true on highly virtualized systems or I/O intensive applications such as SQL Server and Exchange.

Oftentimes, companies attack these problems by throwing storage, server memory or even more servers at the problem. Just as often the result is high costs and meager improvements. A better and more cost effective solution might be to attack the problem from the inside, with caching software.

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Optimizing Cache Performance Through SSDs

Solid-state drives increase performance and reduce lag time over HDDs. But what if you could harness that to make server workloads run even faster? That’s the idea behind cache optimization.

Cache optimization software intelligently caches frequently used data via the SSD. It integrates the SSD cache with the server DRAM cache so programs and data can be delivered at high performance flash speed. Using multi-level caching to intelligently select the frequently used data to store in the cache, the software selects the cache level that can deliver the data at the fastest rate. Optimization can be performed on physical servers or virtual machines, so the software can leverage either local or remote SSDs.

Intel’s Cache Acceleration Software (CAS) is vendor agnostic so it can work with just about any storage hardware – great news for solution providers looking for ways to improve their clients’ data centers.

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Selecting the Right SSD Solution.

Not all SSDs are created equal. Capacity, performance and costs can vary a lot. How do you select the right solution for your customers?

One of your first considerations should be NAND flash type (SLC, MLC, or eMLC) in relation to your customers’ applications. SLC is generally faster, more durable and more power efficient than MLC, which is higher density and less expensive, but it uses more energy. Enterprise-level MLC NAND flash, or eMLC NAND, is the happy medium that bridges the gap in price and lifespan between SLC and MLC.

Then there’s size. It’s common to see enterprise SSDs range from 200-GB and 400-GB models all the way up to 800-GB models. Capacity, NAND flash type, IOPs, read/write performance are some of things you need to consider.

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On-Premise vs. Cloud: How Do You Choose?

Many applications have emerged as cloud-based applications including email, office applications, CRM, storage and backup. But which parts of your customers’ IT environment are right to move off-premise and which should be kept close to home?

It’s a tough call and factors that come into play include financial considerations (OPEX versus CAPEX), security, and business continuity – performance!

Here’s where SSDs make a lot of sense for enterprise data centers and on-remise Big Data applications. They feed I/O starved applications for outstanding performance, high endurance and low latency.

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