Will SSDs Take Over The Enterprise?

Test Setup

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System Hardware
Processor2 x 3.6 GHz Xeon (Nocona)
MotherboardASUS NCL-DS, BIOS 1005
Memory2 x 512 MB DDR2-400 Corsair CM72DD512AR-400
GraphicsOnboard ATI RageXL, 8MB
System Hard DriveWD Caviar WD1200JB, 120 GB
Test Hard Drives (8x) IMemoRight MR25.2-064S
64 GB, Flash SSD, SATA
Test Hard Drives (8x) IISeagate Cheetah 15K.5
73 GB, 15,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SAS
Test Hard Drives (8x) IIISeagate Savvio 10K.2
73 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SAS
RAID ControllerAreca ARC1680 SAS RAID FW:1.45B
Adaptec 48300 single drive SAS
DVDGigabyte GO-D1600C
GraphicsDefault Windows Graphics Driver
ChipsetIntel Chipset Installation Utility
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10
Streaming Read and Write Benchmarks

Controller : Areca ARC-1680ML

We used Areca’s high-end SAS controller, which can run both SAS and SATA drives, as requested by SSDWorld (who provided the samples). We used the latest firmware 1.45B for this review.