January 31, 2010

Flash, other solid-state memory, and disk

If there’s one subject on which the New England Database Summit changed or at least clarified my thinking,* it’s future storage technologies. Here’s what I now think:

*When the first three people to the question microphone include both Mike Stonebraker and Dave DeWitt, your thinking tends to clarify in a hurry.

Related links

Other posts based on my January, 2010 New England Database Summit keynote address


3 Responses to “Flash, other solid-state memory, and disk”

  1. Lothar on February 5th, 2010 2:23 pm

    As always, interesting read. There is just one point I am missing here, and it’s the increasing role of automated storage tiering, reallocating storage dynamically based on business needs. So I’d predict the future will be less “black / white” (disk = active, tape = archive) but more “grey” (today SSM, tomorrow SATA, next month SSM again).

  2. Curt Monash on February 5th, 2010 3:42 pm


    See http://www.dbms2.com/2008/10/14/teradata-virtual-storage/ and related posts.

    And congrats on leaving SAP!


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