Google is going to experiment with SSDs and they have chosen to go with Intel’s SSD technology. The move is said to be part of plan to help reduce electric bills, but it could potentially offer some performance gains too.
“The more power efficient SSDs will be installed at severs at Google's US headquarters. Intel will supply flash chips and Marvell the corresponding controller ICs, the sources detailed. Shipments are slated for late second quarter, they added.
With the increasing use of SSDs in server applications, a shortage for 16Gb and 32Gb NAND flash chips could become a possibility, the sources commented.”
If Google’s experiment turns out to be a success, Intel may have found not only a major customer but we’d expect some server farms to follow suit. Such a revolution in storage could potentially lead to more affordable SSDs for consumers.