[CentOS] CentOS Digest, Vol 60, Issue 13

Wed Jan 13 21:31:44 UTC 2010
Bob McConnell <rmcconne at lightlink.com>

Emanuel Machado wrote:
> Another issue to consider with SSDs is that they are based on Flash
> technology. Each flash cell can only be written on about 10,000 to
> 100,000 times or so (*), so if you're using extensive read/write on
> your server you will be impacted. SSD manufacturers go around this
> issue by giving some intelligence to the drive controllers, so that
> they minimize the per-cell usage (which means moving things around a
> bit internally, transparently to you), so in many cases you will not
> see any impact. However, I would be careful on what I run on it, and
> what services are enabled, maybe having another disk around for write
> intensive apps.

No, you can write (append) as often as you like. It is the erase cycles 
that are limited. So the chip life depends on how often those files get 

Bob McConnell