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Understanding Solid State Storage Performance and Reliability

Solid State Storage (SSD) vendors publish amazing, sometimes unbelievable, performance numbers. How real are these claims and can you ever build an infrastructure to achieve those numbers? More importantly how do you understand these numbers so that you can design an infrastructure that meets your performance requirements?

Join George Crump, Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland and Eyal Markovich, Director of Performance at Kaminario as they discuss what solid state storage (Both DRAM and Flash based SSD) performance numbers really mean and more importantly do these systems offer enough availability to safely host enterprise applications?

In this webinar you will learn the basics about IOPS, Latency and Disk Queues as well as advanced topics like understanding how companies achieve the staggering performance numbers that they claim and what you can learn from them. We will also provide information that you can use to gain a better understanding of the type of performance and availability you can expect from the SSD choices in the market today.
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