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mechanical drive

A storage device that uses moving parts, such as a magnetic tape, magnetic disk or optical disc. The term is commonly used to contrast hard disks with non-mechanical solid state drives (SSDs). See hard disk and solid state drive.
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The company's all-flash enterprise arrays offer significant performance and efficiency gains over mechanical disk, at a lower price point per gigabyte stored.
Worse yet, it fails completely, often as a result of a mechanical disk drive failure.
In 2014, no one should be buying mechanical disk to run databases or virtual machines.
8-to-1 reduction in their data from the FlashArray's deduplication and compression algorithms, which Pure Storage said proved that inline deduplication and compression combined with 100% MLC flash delivered a disruptive new value proposition in all-flash storage at the price the enterprise is currently paying for mechanical disk.
Solid-state disk technology is the clear winner over mechanical disk technology when considering speed, reliability and power consumption.
A newly released Diskeeper(R) whitepaper entitled, Virtualisation and Disk Performance, details how the industry's movement towards virtualisation is making the mechanical disk drive an even weaker link by consolidating I/O through this key performance bottleneck.
A double enveloping gear on the rotary table and mechanical disk brake with 12 pads ensure accuracy of [+ or -] 5 arc sec and repeatability of [+ or -] 1 arc second.
When applications like SMSC use magnetic disk drives to store the messages, the computer spends a lot of its time just waiting for the storage devices to complete mechanical disk accesses," said Mike Casey, vice president of marketing at Solid Data Systems.
The MySpace installation consists of replacing multiple server farms of larger two rack unit high (2u) servers that require 10-to-12 15,000 RPM mechanical disk drives each with much smaller 1u servers that use Fusion-io's server-deployed ioDrives.
For example, by leveraging all-flash arrays, businesses can take large and complex workloads from weeks to days while paying the same per gigabyte as they would for mechanical disk storage.
Pure Storage believes that all-flash storage isn t just faster storage it s fundamentally better storage, and developed the Love Your Storage Guarantee to ensure its customers feel confident in every dimension of their decision to make the move from mechanical disk.
It's not much of a leap of the imagination to envision these same flash memory chips being used to replace the innards of a mechanical disk drive.