Feeds

MySpace replaces disks with flash

Fusion-io friends social networking site

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Social networking site MySpace has replaced traditional server/direct-attach disk combos with flash memory cached servers to save space, energy, cooling and cost.

MySpace originally used multiple racks of 2U rackmount servers, with ten to twelve directly-attached 15,000rpm hard drives. They've been ripped-and-replaced with fewer racks holding 1U servers fitted with Fusion-io's ioDrive flash memory accelerator cards.

The ioDrives use less than 1 per cent of the electricity needed by the replaced hard drives. MySpace now uses less floor space for its servers, less electricity to power and cool them, and expects them to be more reliable as they'll no longer suffer HDD failures. It makes MySpace a greener data centre operator.

Richard Buckingham, technical operations VP for MySpace, said: “In the last 20 years, disk storage hasn’t kept pace with other innovations in IT, and right now we’re on the cusp of a dramatic change with flash technologies."

He added that MySpace had looked at a number of alternative flash configurations, including RAID'ed ones, before settling on the ioDrives ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything
Enter credit card details if you want that system you bought to actually be useful
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers
Think those are cool? Wait till you get a load of our racks
Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years
Did the earth move for you at VMworld – oh, OK. It just did. A lot
VMware's high-wire balancing act: EVO might drag us ALL down
Get it right, EMC, or there'll be STORAGE CIVIL WAR. Mark my words
Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays
The physical/virtual storage tipping point may just have arrived
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?