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With most applications, you're usually performance limited by the physical challenge of getting data into (and out of) the processor; shrinking I/O latency from milliseconds to microseconds means a huge boon for anyone concerned about cost-efficient performance.
As a result, flash is redrawing the storage landscape. Flash has found its way into traditional storage arrays
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