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A solid state drive (SSD) array is a kind of shared storage device that employs solid state drives to stores data in the form of blocks, providing enhanced performance. An SSD array can be accessed via multiple physical hosts. They are easy to set up and administer, and thus are widely used in enterprise settings.
Solid state drive arrays are governed by a rich software layer that controls a range of activities such as replication, compression, snapshots and thin provisioning. The types of controlling software determine the functionalities of a solid state array. Software is controlled by range of devices, known as storage controllers. These control the SSDs where data is stored.
Solid state arrays have a range of advantages:
There are various kinds of solid state drive array available. The most common ones include 3.5 inches, 2.5 inches and 1.8 inches. These are generally NAD flash based.