- Intel® SSDs provide much higher random I/O performance compared to regular hard drives. Performance can be up to 100 times faster on reads, and up to 10 times faster on writes.
- You can replace multiple hard drives with a much smaller number of Intel SSDs in many server or workstation applications.
- Using RAID gives you the ability to scale the SSD performance.
Availability and Data Protection:
Because there are no mechanical parts, SSDs provide significantly higher reliability compared to hard drives. But, the flash memory and the controller electronics are still vulnerable to failures.
- Using mirrored (RAID 1/10) or parity (RAID 5) configurations reduces risk of data loss due to SSD failure and provides higher system availability.
- Intel SSDs make RAID rebuilds much faster, even for large workloads, compared to hard drives. Faster rebuild times increase the efficiency of the protection provided by RAID.
If an application requires more capacity than one SSD can provide, several SSDs can be used in a RAID configuration. Intel® RAID Controllers allow online capacity expansion by adding more SSDs to an existing RAID array without disrupting software applications that are running.