First Intel solid state drives pictured
Subject: Storage | April 3, 2008 - 08:09 AM | Ryan Shrout
On an Intel.com blog post the first pictures of Intel's upcoming solid-state drives make an appearance. There isn't much to see, as you would expect with most storage devices, but its a good first step, right? The engadget post purports that we have been "we've been waiting so long for Intel to stop talking and start producing" but I can't recall getting that excited about SSDs until just recently. Oh well, it doesn't matter - we just want them.
Flash back to a couple weeks ago. In order to collect some
real-world usage information and gain additional experience with the
technology in an IT setting, I played the part of Guinea Pig and had
one of our pre-production solid state drives (SSD) installed in my IT
laptop (my IT guys will flip when they read this).
Although I was quite familiar with its capabilities from all the
performance characterization data, I was unprepared for the powerful
instant high it gave my system. It was such a dramatic difference in
how my system responded that I found myself uninhibited in doing things
that I previously would have shied away from.
I no longer aborted our backup client software whenever it launched
itself (which is still at the most inopportune time possible, like when
you’re in the middle of a presentation, since the ability of the IT
software to detect the most inconvenient times to do things still
appears to work perfectly), nor did I need to go for coffee while it
ran. I actually continued working while it was running. I even ran it
intentionally a couple times for fun to prove to myself that I wasn’t
just imagining the fact that it had no noticeable impact on my system
responsiveness. I no longer launched IE to do some surfing while
Outlook loaded up in the morning (which of course only makes Outlook
load even more slowly). This threatened to mess up my entire routine,
not to mention my relationships with colleagues who I had been going to
coffee with each morning while our systems struggle to make themselves
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