How do you create buzz on the Internet? One of the most successful ways is a viral marketing campaign. Samsung thought of a great way of promoting their new 256GB MLC Solid State Drives.
They decided to create an uber-geeky computer system powered by 24 of their SSDs in Raid mode and show the video of the powerful hardware setup on YouTube.
24 drives equals a total storage of 6 Terabytes. The other system specs are as impressive. They added a combination of two Intel 3.2GHz QX9775 Quad-Core cpus, two ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 cards, 4GB of 800MHz FB-DIMM DDR2 SDRAM, two Corsair HX1000W power supply units, an Adaptec 5 Series RAID card, an Areca 1680ix-24 RAID card and of course the 24 256GB MLC Solid State Drives.
How fast was the system after all? They managed to top 2 Gigabytes of sequential write and reading speed. They performed some tests like loading all Microsoft Office applications (in 0.5 seconds), all 53 apps of the Windows start menu (in 18.09 seconds), copying a 700 Megabyte DVD rip (0.8 seconds) or recycling 700 files with a total size of 5.6 Gigabytes (instantly).
The viral marketing campaign is highly successful with more than
250K 4.8 million views on YouTube already. Can you imaging running a system like this? What are your thoughts, let us know!
Update: What was spectacular back in 2009 is not that spectacular anymore in 2012. While it is still an impressive setup, advancements in Flash technologies have resulted in faster, cheaper and larger solid state drives being available. Improved controller technologies, connection types and manufacturing result in faster speeds with less solid state drives involved.
Solutions like the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 Max IOPS PCI-Express SSD reach read speeds of up to 1600 MB/s and write speeds of up to 1500 MB/s. While not exactly cheap, the drive sets you back $1199 currently, it is a lot cheaper than buying and operating a system with 24 SSDs.
Update 2: It is 2017 already, and SSD technology improved significantly in the past couple of years. Check out the following video that looks at the fastest SSD technologies available on the market currently.
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