The notion of using solid state hard drives (SSDs) to speed up storage operations isn’t very new. There are more than a dozen vendors that offer some kind of SSD storage, or combine solid-state electronics with traditional rotating media, for both dedicated storage and storage area networks. But last month we saw a case study posted online about how one 125-person law firm deployed Nimble Storage’s SSD to help speed up its Microsoft Exchange email operations.
To help manage this data explosion, many storage vendors have been offering some form of tiered storage array where they move data from rotating media to SSDs.
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