December 20, 2005

Solid state (Flash) memory vs. RAM vs. disks

I just wrote a column and a blog post on the potential for diskless PCs based on flash drives. It was a fun exercise, and I think I kept it general enough that my lack of knowledge about hardware technology details didn’t lead me into significant error.

The first vendor response I got was from Bit Micro Networks, who seem to sell such drives for PCs and enterprise storage alike. One of their press releases touts an Oracle implementation. Interesting idea. It’s far from a substitute for full memory-centric data management, but it’s kind of an intermediate way of getting some of the benefits without altering your traditional software setup much at all.


One Response to “Solid state (Flash) memory vs. RAM vs. disks”

  1. DBMS2 — DataBase Management System Services » Blog Archive » Database management system architecture implications of an eventual move to solid-state memory on April 25th, 2008 12:08 am

    […] out in the past that solid-state/Flash memory could be a good alternative to hard disks in PCs and enterprise systems alike. Well, when that happy day arrives, what will be some of the implications for database […]

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