Google trying out solid-state disks

FILED UNDER: Google, SSDs, Storage, Technology

Google is using Intel SSD technology in servers at the company’s headquarters according to a report in DigiTimes.

SSD or solid-state disks, use flash memory much like a flash drive/dongle you attach to the USB port on your personal computer. SSD technology has many advantages including large reductions in energy consumption and large increases in performance. The down side, even with portable drives, is their lack of capacity.

Although capacity has increased dramatically in recent years and looks set to continue, they are still a long way from that of traditional hard disk drives which use spinning magnetic platters to store data.

Google runs thousands of servers and could greatly benefit from the technology. They are currently testing the technology, but what is unclear is whether Google is planning some large-scale deployment.



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