Attracted by blazing fast performance, some Alpha Anywhere developers who are designing mobile and web apps have been running their applications on servers equipped by Solid State Drives (SSD).Our customers are designing mobile apps for businesses with Alpha Anywhere that, when deployed, demand performance. We wanted to find out if Solid State Drive really offered not only great performance but even more importantly...reliability! To do this, we spoke to a number of Alpha Anywhere developers who are running their apps on servers with SSD drives at ZebraHost (www.zebrahost.net) and whose apps have relative high volumes of users and transactions.
Chad Brown manages the IT function for a large chain of mobile phone stores in Canada. His Alpha application runs on dedicated servers provisioned by ZebraHost in the Washington, D.C. datacenter. The servers feature a RAID 10 array of 4 x 200GB SSDs.
When the servers were first installed in early 2013, Chad was amazed at the improved performance of his application. At the time he emailed Clive at ZebraHost with the first quote and then a year later he emailed Clive the second quote.
“I have to say this is exactly what I was hoping for. Most pages react instantly.”Alpha Anywhere developer Steve Workings was equally enthusiastic after ZebraHost installed SSD servers for one of his clients in the Singapore datacenter. At the time he posted on the Alpha forum and then a year later he came up with second quote.
"I would highly recommend SSD to anyone who is looking for high performance data access.”
“The people I am working with are happier than a room full of 5-year olds on Christmas morning!"We asked ZebraHost owner Clive Swanepoel whether he was seeing a growing acceptance of SSD technology and whether he was convinced as to the reliability of the technology. His "geek speak" reply can be roughly translated to "yes" and "yes:"
“We’ve been running an SSD array at ZebraHost for a year now. We are pleased with both reliability and speed. We would recommend this configuration without hesitation. SSD drives are not an issue for us. We just added another server with the same configuration and we are likely to continue to do so as we grow.”
“ZebraHost deploys Smart Storage Systems XceedIOPS SSDs. They come with an unprecedented five-year guarantee. The drives are equipped with a comprehensive error-correction and detection engine, multi-level data-path and code protection, data-fail recovery, advanced thermal management features, and a high reliability back-up power circuitry. These drives offer industry leading endurance. To avoid degradation they are designed with the latest enterprise-grade multi-level cell NAND flash. The flash management algorithm includes bad-block management, wear leveling and minimal write amplification.”Clive contends that given the powerful processors employed in the newest servers, the remaining bottleneck is the storage system. He says that SSD’s are the single best upgrade for most dedicated servers.