SLC vs MLC – does it matter any more?

Good post by Eric Slack (thank you)

When an IT professional starts looking into solid state drives (SSDs) they quickly learn that flash is very different from magnetic disk drives. Flash employs a much more complex write and erase process than traditional hard disk drive (HDD) technology does, a process that impacts performance, reliability and the device’s lifespan (flash eventually wears out). To address potential concerns, vendors have historically sold different types of flash, with the more expensive SLC (Single-Level Cell) being used in more critical environments. But with advances in controller technologies, is the more economical MLC (Multi-Level Cell) good enough for the enterprise?

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