The Best ROI for IT

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Today, more than ever getting the best Return On Investment (ROI) is more critical than ever. Right now the best spent pennies for improving performance on you computer is on DRAM. It's a great idea for several reasons.

The first rational is improved performance. While most any computer can do more in the same amount of time by simply adding DRAM. This may seem obvious, and still too often overlooked. With today's technology there are new ways of possibly dramatically improving performance, cheap.

The landscape for Solid State Drives (SSD) has gone as upside down as the Real Estate market. The huge difference is we a SSD drive is a very modest investment. Starting (ab) < $ or Euro.

Before you run out and 'grab something' because I said so, finish reading ;-)

The Read and write times can change an order of magnitude. Say from measuring in milli-seconds to micro-seconds. And you still have to figure out if that is going to make a big difference in 'Your Application'. It may not.

If you are using a laptop, consider strongly, looking at a SSD drive. Now if you drop the laptop, you will only be worrying about damaging the screen, not the drive. Additionally, your battery life could see a serious boost, since you are not driving any motors.

Certainly, no one questions the very rapid boot up time! With a little careful pruning of what loads on Windows Start-up (an amazing amount of junk sneaks in there), the combination is truly breath-taking.

The Enterprise could see a Huge ROI. The energy metric used are IOPS (Inputs-Outputs per Second per Watt and Perforamce Over Cost. Yielding IOPS/W.

The EETimes recently reported from the famous data storage folks, SMC believes customers can save as much as 98% when seen from the IOPS/W viewpoint!


Another thought is How Many Times can you Read and Write the SSD?

This is another area where the state-of-the-crud has become State-Of-The-Art.

The 'life-cycle' expectancy of the most modern SSD drives has jumped to the far side of a million cycles. This is now more than you could pump through a typical laptop computer over its entire life expectancy!

My second rational is the economy.

The EETimes reports that "Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. is pleading for a bailout from the Taiwanese government, while ProMos Technology Corp. and Nanya Technology Corp. are reportedly seeking similar measures. Powerchip's partner, Elpida Memory Inc., may end up rescuing the company via an acquisition.

In Korea, Hynix Semiconductor Corp. is seeking help from its creditors, but there are conflicting reports that the company is seeking a bail-out from the government. And in Germany, Qimonda AG could ask for help."

These companies are feeling the pain like everyone else.

It seems to me that if for less than 100 bucks, you might be able to dramatically improve your productive time AND give a little kick to get the economy going, we're talking Win-Win here.

Gudrun Funk is a SME for TRCB.com

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