Using Solid State Drives to Improve the performance of SQL Server

In a competitive world where time is a criticalimages constraint, businesses are always in the lookout for technological innovations that can give them an added advantage over their peers. Now if your SQL Server driven application is able to process data requests at a higher speed and become less prone to crashes then it can surely give a flip to your business applications. By using solid state drives(SSDs) instead of traditional mechanical hard drives, you can eliminate IO issues with ease and support more transactions in a given time frame.


  • Understanding How Solid State Drives can prove beneficial for SQL Server implementation

Solid state drives do not include a mechanical head for writing and also do not include any disk where data is written. Instead data is stored in ICs which can store information quite persistently and they are also more immune to physical damage as compared to a traditional HDD. Now when you start using an SSD drive to run an instance of SQL server you get the opportunity of gain quicker access speeds which easily be over hundred times of that you get from a normal HDD. Given the fact that SSDs do not have any movable elements, it remains significantly less prone to wear and tear and other external interferences. Moreover if you are running high speed applications that mandate instantaneous response then it is quite prudent to test them on solid state drives.

SSDs also tend to have the capacity to store more data in a less amount of physical space and an array rack of SSDs is likely to consume less space and also is likely to go easy on power consumption. For companies with large storage requirements, SSDs are likely to become a boon in coming years as they bring down the powers costs by more than few notches.  Currently some companies are hesitant to adopt the SSD technology by citing the costs associated with the same. However the truth remains that the higher costs tend to offset over a given timeframe, more so when costs of SSD drives are falling at a very brisk rate.

Incidentally, Microsoft too is looking at encouraging the adoption of SSD drives for running SQL server and its upcoming iteration is expected to extend support for buffer pooling to such drives. This would allow application to write huge workloads in a quick time while improving overall performance.


  • Recovering corrupted SQL files from Solid state drives

As compared to normal hard drives, solid state drives are invariably ideal from the point of improving the performance of SQL applications. However SSDs too are susceptible to data corruption and in case your SQL file is present in a crashed SSD drive then recovering it can become tricky. In such a scenario sql recovery applications like DataNumen SQL repair can come to your rescue and help you get back your critical data. This sophisticated application is capable of maintaining the integrity of the data that it draws out from corrupted files and is also extremely easy to use.


Author Introduction:

Alan Chen is President & Chairman of DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including access recovery and sql recovery software products. For more information visit

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