Can I replace regular SAS disks with SSD disks with SATA connection

Posted on 2008-11-10
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I have a Dell Power Vault MD3000 which is supposed to handle both SAS and SATA connections and currently I have 15 SAS disks with 15K speed. I need more speed to handle a lot of real time data and I am looking for a solution to put several SSD (solid state disks) in a storage solution. Does anyone know if I can do this with my MD3000? If not, do you know of another solution for this?
Question by:Steverino541
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    SSD's with a SATA interface should work fine ... HOWEVER -- depending on the write:read mix of the data you may find that SSD's aren't faster than your 15K drives.   The write patterns can have a major impact on the effective speed of these disks -- they work VERY well in most applications, but there have been several instances where SSDs cause major slowdowns with certain applications (most notably with Outlook).

    So be sure to test with SSDs before committing to a major switch.

    Author Comment

    Yes, we have already tested it on a tower server and it made everything 30 times faster. So I should be able to just insert the SSD disks into my MD3000 disk cabinet then.
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    Yes ... they're just SATA disks as far as the MD3000 is concerned -- just FAST ones :-)

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