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Duane Benson
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Duane Benson   12/1/2010 6:43:30 PM
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Certainly standards are important, but I don't think that the lack of these standards is a first order, or even a second order factor in the limited level of adoption. I can buy a Terrabyte spinning media HD for $60.00. The cheapest SSD I found (in my three minute research project) was $60.00 for a 4GB device. On the same site, I found a 128GB SSD ranging in price from $239 to $469. That's more than 30 times the cost per byte at best. When the SSDs are in the range of two or three times the cost per byte, then things like standards start to be a part of the decision making process. There are applications with very specific requirements that override the 30X cost factor, but I really doubt that standards, again, factor in to those decision.

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DSzabados   12/1/2010 6:21:01 PM
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Regarding the failure mechanisms, the most common are shipping damage, random component infant mortality, and assembly defects. Such failures are not due to the endurance of the memory components. Regarding endurance, there are definitely two classes of SSDs. The workloads for enterprise and client are extremely different and an SSD that is not specifically designed to deal with the demands of the enterprise workload could be at risk of endurance (memory) failure if used in an enterprise application. From a client perspective, any properly designed SSD should provide many years of dependable service. In the enterprise application, be sure to get an enterprise SSD.

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Charles.Desassure   12/1/2010 12:08:02 AM
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Thanks for this article. Standards are always good as it relates to technology. I strongly support and agree with this article. As someone mentioned before, cost is a key factor.

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goafrit   11/29/2010 5:20:04 AM
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I agree with you. The key aspect is the cost. It must come down to help spur adoption across different platforms.

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Robotics Developer   11/28/2010 3:42:41 AM
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I like the idea of standards being promoted for SSDs! I do wonder what the failure mechanism is for SSDs, is it device failure related to MTBF or due to the exceeding the write over capacity of a section of memory rendering it non-operable? Once the cost of SSDs comes down I expect to see more adoption into the consumer market devices.

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