Destroy Your SSD Investment: A How-Not-To Guide

Utilizing Hardware
3 April 2:00PM - 2:50PM @ Ballroom H

50 minutes conference
You probably know SSDs can provide a great boost for mySQL applications, but maybe you’re hesitating because you’ve heard some worrisome stories about early wearout and failure. In reality, SSDs are a lot more predictable than hard drives, but operating an effective storage setup with Flash memory isn’t always just plug-and-play. Understanding how SSDs wear over time can help you avoid costly mistakes. This session will teach you the basics about how NAND Flash wears, how that wear will impact the lifespan and behavior of an SSD, and how you can optimize your storage array to be fast, reliable, and cost-effective compared to HDDs.


Senior Systems Marketing Engineer, Enterprise SSD, Micron
Doug Rollins joined Micron in 2009 as an applications engineer with the Enterprise SSD Products group. Prior to joining Micron, Mr. Rollins spent 17 years working in server system, network appliance, and storage platform/data protection design and manufacture, and solid state storage. Mr. Rollins is the named inventor in 13 U.S. patents and has been recognized by both the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and Intel Corporation for outstanding technical achievement, as well as recognition for his Enterprise SSD sales enablement efforts. Mr. Rollins is an active member of several technical groups within SNIA including: The Solid State Storage Initiative and its Technical Working Group; Data Protection and Capacity Optimization; Marketing and Technical Development; and IO and Trace Tools Analysis. As co-chair of SNIA’s Solid State Storage Initiative’s Technical Working Group, Mr. Rollins was a co-author of and was instrumental in the early development and validation of SNIA’s SSD Performance Test Specification. He has written and published several papers and taught hands-on lab activities on SSD performance measurement. Mr. Rollins earned his BA degree in mathematics from Humboldt State University.