If you are suffering from disk IO performance problems, this is the solution. Intel is offering this device for about $1 per Gigabyte. I purchased an OCZ PCI-E card a couple of years ago. I benchmarked it using a multivalue database with 1 million records and no indexing. I was able to select the test file in under 5 seconds. For those multivalue applications that are stuck with excessive IO loads this could be a real help.
Most multivalue databases application could easily reside in 400 Gb of disk space. Check out Wikipedia’s page on IOPS or Input/output Operations Per Second. Then checkout the specs on the Intel 750 Consumer SSD card.
A paradigm shift is taking place in long term computer storage. Disk drives are becoming slow and unreliable compared to their Solid State replacements. At first the SSD were replacements for hard disk drives. But as the flash memory has become faster and more dense the bottleneck changed from the drive itself to the interface, like SATA and SAS. Now the latest round of SSD devices are connecting directly to the motherboard’s backplane.
This new generation of flash memory chips are showing up in three main areas. The first is the disk replacement, the second is in Raid controllers as very large cache memory and the third is the PCI-E storage devices. Intel is even working toward building a faster disk interface based upon PCI-E.