After the previous article looking at the merits of a Solid State drive in a server I had a root around the Internet and found out that normal 2.5″ (Notebook PC sized) SSDs are nearly at the £1/1GB magical price point.
The particular drive I’m looking at is the OCZ Technology 120GB Agility 3 from dabs.com which currently ships (free postage!) at £129.99.
You might think that for this kind of low price that this is some kind of previous generation SSD – you would however be wrong, the Agility 3 series is from OCZs latest line up and includes 6Gbs SATA.
So why is £1/1GB so magical? Well in a real sense its not – just a nice milestone to reach, either way for more info visit the OCZ Agility 3 web page.
For a while I’ve been wondering just how well a PCI-Express Solid State drive would work inside a standard off the shelf rack mounted server. Finally I have been given the chance to find out and as it turns out everything works quite nicely.
The solid state in question is a OCZ Revo Drive 3 x2 240GB (from Novatech) and the server is a HP DL165 G7. Both the SSD and the server have the latest BIOS updates and although initially the server didn’t boot past POST after a little tweaking (inside the BIOS of the server) I got everything to work along quite nicely.
Sufficed to say the performance is astonishing even when compared against a RAID array of 15k SAS drives but then again that’s nothing to be surprised about given the SSDs ability to randomly read data from anywhere on the drive without having to wait for a mechanical spinning disk to catch up. Continue reading