# Fast large file reads and writes
# Low CPU utilization, hardware RAID
# Elegant single slot PCI Express design
# Reasonable cost per GB considering RAID controller and memory
# Barely as fast as single SSD for small file read/write performance, boot drive and application loading
# Still high cost per GB relative to similar sized SSDs on the market
# Requires external power source
# Mechanical restrictions on some motherboards
Do VM's tend to do more Large or Small file reads/writes..??
What other SSD's would you guys recommend that would be a great Mate for Utilizing the Full performance of a VM-Ware WorkStaion PC..??
In the future, PCI-e products may come out with real controllers that pack a large number of flash channels. Those should be able to get over a million IOps as well as sequential speeds in excess of 1GB/s.
Hm, dedicating storage works well with HDD to prevent lots of seeking, but as SSD like to be loaded with lots of I/O requests, i would opt for one big RAID0 instead, if performance is a concern.
However, using a raw disk in your VM solution might be the fastest option, and i'm not sure if that works on (driver) RAID arrays. In that case, the best option would be to use the SSD as raw disks without any RAID. If you use files, the I/O overhead of the VM may cripple IOps performance, as SSD do alot of IOps you may ultimately be CPU bottlenecked. By using raw disk access instead, the overhead should decrease and thus more IOps would be possible.