For the past several months, the possibilities of solid state technology have been explored for all sorts of applications. Some observers note that solid state technology inside the server are on the way, but others point out that solid state technology might still be too expensive for typical server applications. As the costs inevitably come down, though, the more important questions might be more along the lines of "where should solid state technology be located to maximize ROI?" or "how can solid state technology be used most effectively?" The use of solid state technology in a variety of new configurations will ultimately depend on the cost effectiveness of the applications, but the potential of 1 million IOPs in the performance of a single server over storage racks filled with thousands of hard drives could be getting a lot harder to pass up.
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