Storagebod had a great comment on the use of Flash Drives in Enterprise arrays. I’d agree entirely that the vendors have bolted them into existing hardware and as a consequence they’re not working to their most efficient.
Here’s a prediction – an array which works on fixed “memory”pages that can be placed in cache, SSD, or any level of internal HDD – and offer seamless movement of data up and down this performance stack will let that vendor clean up in the Enterprise Array market. At that point, the additional cost for Flash Drives will be worth it, as the hardware can be fully utilised and the cost justified.
So will that be the DMX-5, or DMX-V or whatever the next DMX is to be called? In some respects I hope so. Enterprise computing needs a real shake up.
P.S. Posts will be infrequent, of lower quality or non-existent whilst I’m on holiday.