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Google To Replace Hard Disks By Intel's Solid State Storage

Well places sources at memory manufacturers in Taiwan have told journalists that solid state storage devices assembled by Intel will be used by Search engine giant Google to replace platter spinning hard disk drives.

The decision is motivated by Google's urge to cut its electricity bill by reducing power demands generated by cooling and by the servers themselves.

Intel will apparently provide with the chips while Marvell will supply the corresponding ICs, with the first batch ready to reach Google HQ by the end of September.

However, The Register's own sources say that Digitimes, who provided with the original report, is completely wrong.

With an oil barrel price quickly approaching $200, slashing the energy bill which goes hand in hand with another of Google's aim - being greener - has seemingly moved up in the list of priorities.

Although Google has been particularly shy about providing more details on how it works, it would be particularly interesting to find out whether they will be used in a hybrid configuration to lower consumption while maintaining performance.

Solid State Disks have a far better I/O performance compared to mechanical hard drives since they don't have any moving parts and could also lead to a much lower footprint.

Intel gains SSD orders from Google, say sources - Digitimes

Intel said to feed Google solid state disks - The Register

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.