Will your Infrastructure Survive if you Disappear?

This one is dedicated to an old friend that’s been asking me to write about certain technologies like a very specific filesystem and whether it should be used as the basis for enterprise storage.

He loves using open source stuff for business, mostly to save money, but also for the control it affords and the sheer pleasure of tinkering (and, I suspect, a modicum of masochistic proclivity).

This isn’t a post against open source (if nothing else, that would be utterly hypocritical since most commercial stuff is at least partially based on open source software).

It’s more about risk mitigation and TCO.

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Are SSDs reliable enough? The importance of extensive testing under adverse conditions.

Recently, interesting research (see here) from researchers at Ohio State was presented at USENIX.

To summarize, they tested 15 SSDs, several of them “Enterprise” grade, and subjected them to various power fault conditions.

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