More and more companies have begun adopting flash hardware in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs) due to their undeniable performance benefits. While nearly every application can benefit from SSD technology, their price and limited capacity compared to spinning hard disk drives (HDDs) has led many IT administrators to employ only a small footprint of SSD hardware in order to accelerate performance of specific applications. SSDs have proven to be especially beneficial for database acceleration due to the generally high performance requirements and low capacity of database applications.
Everywhere you look, people want things fast. People are not happy with access to just online news, which is pretty fast. Now they want even faster access or as it happens. So, they turn to social media. Phone applications need to open up immediately and computers need to boot to the OS in seconds.
For that last part, there is a race to zero... zero seconds (or less than a full second).
Hard Drive Disks (HDDs), are generally used as a secondary storage medium, and impose latency in data storage due to its mechanical nature. To overcome the latency, a component called cache, typically of smaller size but on a faster storage medium, is used to store data so that future requests can be served faster. While HDDs are generally inexpensive, and have a high latency, Solid State Drives (SSDs) have a lower latency, and are come at a higher price point. The ideal scenario is to make use of both inexpensive HDDs, as well as two or more SSDs as a cache component. These SSDs are faster, and also store a large amount of hot data.
People familiar with American Megatrends know that nearly all of our products and solutions are developed and marketed to computer and technology manufacturers, known in our industry as OEMs and ODMs. From this perspective, it might seem somewhat out of character for AMI to develop and market products that are sold directly to users (B2C, or "business to comsumer"), but a few examples have existed over the years - including a software product called AMIDuOS.
Earlier this week, the need for autonomous vehicles was reinforced when my brother-in-law was met head-on by an elderly driver going the wrong way on the Corona Express Way in Chino, Ca. He captured the incident on his dash cam, which he posted on social media. The video went viral on Facebook in a matter of hours.