Customizing SSDs for Performance, Endurance, and Power

In an attempt to enhance performance, efficiency, and reliability, a growing number of enterprises turn from hard disk drives (HDDs) to solid-state drives (SSDs). However, finding the right SDDs that would meet their needs is not as straightforward as some might think. SSDs come in different types and configurations and can be customized as per your unique needs. Not all solutions may turn out to be as reliable as you think. On some occasions, you might need to handle your SSD recovery. That’s why you need to be especially demanding when selecting the right SSDs for your enterprise. 

Customizing SSDs for specific applications covers many factors. Each company is unique and has specific requirements. Most enterprises are interested in using SSds with the highest level of performance and the latest amount of latency. Such solutions are especially useful for real-time banking transactions or crunching through massive machine learning datasets. Others prefer low power consumption, high endurance for a longer lifecycle, or cost efficiency to align with strict budgets.

Having that said, let’s consider how to customize SSDs for the specific needs of your business. 

Customizing SSDs for performance and endurance. Such factors significantly influence the SSD’s performance as flash memory type, block allocation, and connection interface. One of the best ways to improve performance without any negative effect on endurance is by choosing the best NAND available. 

Not all NAND is equal. Flash memory vendors are continually improving and upgrading their products to stand out from the competition. So, it’s always a good idea to do some basic research before deciding which SSD to purchase. 

Customizing SSDs for power usage. Many enterprises try to reduce their carbon footprint, save energy, and lower costs. One of the most popular options is to replace power-hungry HDDs with more efficient SSDs. When it comes to SSDs, some solutions are generally considered more efficient than others. Instead of simply replacing rotating media for digital media, SSDs can be customized to reduce power consumption. 

One way to manage the power consumption of the storage controller is to migrate to a smaller process node. While decreasing the process node size from 28nm to 12nm allows the node to operate at higher frequencies with the lower voltage used. By using less energy to move data over a bus or toggle the transistors, it reduces the energy used by the SSD. Using less power means the SSD generates less heat, reducing the transistor leakage current.

Another way to decrease power consumption is to reduce the number of NAND channels used by an SSD. That capability is enabled by an improved ONFI bus speed, which is used to move data from the NAND to the SSD controller.

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