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The business case for SSDs
How SSDs multiply productivity for less
In business, time is money. Meaning productivity is money. It’s no different in IT, where you want maximum performance for minimal cost. That’s what solid state drives (SSDs) do: supercharge existing computers and servers for a fraction of the cost of new systems. Tablets and phones turn on instantly. Computers and servers should do the same. Here’s how SSDs multiply your organization’s productivity.
SSDs in desktops and laptops: the individual multiplier
Empower your office team with 15x the speed1
Imagine clicking on a program and having it load instantly. That’s the power of SSDs, which are over 15x faster than conventional hard drives. In a business environment, this is key because team members are using their computers all day, every day, for virtually every type of task and multitask. When everyone is able to work faster, your organization can move faster.
Give your mobile workforce 2x the battery life2
Today’s mobile salesforce is constantly on the go, yet constrained by limited battery life. SSDs are 2x more energy efficient than hard drives, which is the difference between a laptop’s battery lasting an entire flight or powering down midway through.
Protect the data you present with road-worthy durability
Since SSDs don’t have small moving parts, they’re significantly more durable than hard drives, which can’t withstand as much wear and tear. This is important because mobile workers are often traveling and luggage gets tossed around. If a computer gets dropped or jostled before a major client presentation, the hard drive can fail, but the structural design of an SSD allows it to keep working.
Secure confidential business plans and customer information
Everything stored on business systems is vulnerable to hackers, thieves, and the competition. Hard drives typically support just software-based encryption, which can easily get hacked and dismantled. A better way to protect sensitive data is to encrypt it at the hardware level on an SSD, since this comes standard on most drives.
SSDs in servers: the organizational multiplier
Not only do SSDs enhance laptops and desktops, but they’re even more powerful in servers because they fuel everyone in the organization through virtualized applications, operating systems, databases, online transaction processing, and more.
Enable everyone to quickly access data on your file servers
In most organizations, files live on servers and the idea is that everyone can access what they need at any given time. However, the problem is that hundreds to thousands of people are often trying to simultaneously access data, which stretches hard drive performance beyond its limits. When hard drives are replaced with SSDs, everyone in the organization can quickly access what they need to get things done.
Increase the number of VMs on a server
When virtualized applications and operating systems are stored on enterprise SSDs, they perform significantly faster. SSDs also help minimize boot storms, while increasing the numbers of VMs you can run.
Process 45x more database transactions per minute
Enterprise SSDs make it possible to process a dizzying 2.5 million database transactions per minute and over 500,000 orders per minute on Microsoft® SQL Server 2014.3 Compare that to a test of enterprise-grade hard drives, which were only able to process 53,220 database transactions per minute.4
Save big on software licenses
By improving the performance of existing servers, you can use fewer servers, which means savings on annual database software licenses that often cost more than 25x per server per year.5 Not only can SSDs cut license costs, but since they’re more energy efficient, they reduce the need for cooling, which can result in additional savings.
SSDs in both types of systems: the ultimate multiplier
As more and more organizations make the move to SSDs, the pace of business has increased. Customers and team members expect instant access to whatever it is they’re looking for. With SSDs, you can help deliver it – and boost your team’s profits and performance in the process. Still skeptical? Try just one SSD and see what happens to your productivity. Then multiply that by every server and member of your team. The result? Your productive potential.
- Performance level based on comparative benchmark scores of the Crucial BX100 SSD and the Western Digital® Caviar Blue™ WD10EZEX internal hard drive. Actual performance level may vary based on benchmark used and individual system configuration. Test setup: 1TB Crucial BX100 SSD and 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue internal hard drive, both tested on an Intel® DZ87RL motherboard, Intel i7-4770K 3.50GHz processor, BIOS Rev. 0327, and Windows® 8 Pro 64-bit operating system using PCMark® Vantage HDD test suite. Results based on internal benchmark testing conducted December 2014.
- Active average power use comparison based on published specs of the 500GB Crucial BX100 SSD and the 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue internal hard drive. Both products’ active average power ratings were taken from manufacturer datasheets.
- Results based on internal testing where a Micron® P420m SSD was configured in a Dell® PowerEdge R730xd server (2X E5-2690 v3 CPUs, 136GB DRAM) running Microsoft® Windows 2012 R2 (Data Center Edition)—a SQL Server Database “appliance” system. For simplicity, the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition data files, tempdb files, and log files were all located on the single P420m formatted NTFS. With this single server/ single P420m PCIe SSD configuration, 160 virtual users generated a maximum of 2,528,820 transactions per minute (TPM) and 549,456 new order transactions per minute. Testing conducted in April 2015.
- Based on external testing of SQL Server 2014 running on a 2x E7-4820 v2 CPUs server with 128GB DRAM. Log and data files were stored on four HDDs and sixteen HDDs (respectively) and performance was compared when storing log and data files entirely on SSDs. Based on testing conducted in the TP675.1-1503US, March 2015 technology paper.
- Based on the April 30, 2015 Dell.com list price of a Dell R730 rack server compared to the cost of an Oracle® Database Enterprise Edition license (as listed in the Oracle Technology Global Price List published April 9, 2015).