Monitoring SSD longevity

Anyone who has investigated SSDs for server applications is aware that flash-based SSDs have a limited life span. NAND flash cells have a finite program/erase cycle limit, and though manufacturers use ever more sophisticated wear-level algorithms, the fact remains that the heavier your write activity to a device, the faster you will approach this limit. It would therefore be a good idea to monitor for wear indicators in much the same way that we monitor spinning disks for signs of impending failure (reallocated sectors, etc.)[Read More…]

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