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Geotab’s Servers: From FAST to FURIOUS

geotab servers from fast to furious
Author: Manam Pervez, Geotab Systems Administrator

The technology used in Geotab’s servers has evolved tremendously over the years. The servers previously relied on HDDs (Hard Disk Drive), a relatively old piece of technology that can be used to store customers’ data securely. Meanwhile, decades of research led to the creation of SSDs (Solid State Drive), which appeared in late 2009.

geotab servers from fast to furious

Since then, SSDs have been the primary product on the market due to their inclusion of non-volatile memory (secondary memory). Geotab waited until SSDs were tested and adopted by large corporations in order to validate the drive’s usefulness. The company has now fully incorporated SSDs into its servers.

With the inclusion of SSDs, end-users of the software are able to realize the following benefits:

  • Telematics involves working with heavy geographical data and SSDs allow faster data retrieval and transfer which means Geotab can process your vehicle’s data at a faster rate without risking data integrity.
  • Since SSDs are accelerating our read/write speed, Geotab’s apps can be updated faster and you can see the changes in data instantly on your screen tracking in real-time.
  • In addition to being powered by SSDs, Geotab’s state of the art 150+ active servers are always online to store and process your data in a secured data farm.
  • Geotab is using SSDs with the largest capacity available in the market. Thus, they can provide immense storage facilities to customers (i.e. in HDDs), without sacrificing speed and performance.

SSD Vs. HDD

Performance: This is where SSDs shine. Their blazing speed allows OSs to boot within 20 seconds in comparison to HDDs, which can span up to 40 seconds. File opening speeds for SSDs are also 30% faster than HDDs. File Read/Write operations can run at 500MB/s in SSDs, whereas the newest HDDs can support only a maximum of 120MB/s.

geotab servers from fast to furious

Fragmentation: Large files in HDDs are usually formatted and scattered around the disk platter. SSDs, on the other hand, are not concerned about the physical location of their data since there are no physical read heads. This ultimately means that SSDs become notably faster than HDDs in this respect.

Data Integrity: Every electronic device, including both SSDs and HDDs, can no longer operate after a period of time. However, it is important to note that if HDDs crash, any information contained in it dies as well. Unlike HDDs, SSDs also reach their limit, however, they do not crash. SSDs simply prevent any write operation and any previous data remains fully intact and accessible.

Environmental Factors: SSDs can function properly under extreme temperatures due to their ability to stand shock and force, whereas HDDs will instantly fail. No wonder SSDs are being used in military-grade equipment!

While SSDs have proven to provide the best performance for the servers, Geotab will continue to remain up-to-date with the latest technological advancements. To learn more about SSDs or Geotab’s servers, please post your questions in the comment box below.

References

Baxter, A. (n.d.). SSD vs HDD. Retrieved from StorageReview.com: http://www.storagereview.com/ssd_vs_hdd

Domingo, J. S. (2014, February 20). SSD vs. HDD: What’s the Difference? Retrieved from PCMag: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404259,00.asp

Tokar, L. (2011, December 18). Benefits of a Solid State Drive- An SSD Primer. Retrieved from The SSD Review: http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/beginners-guide/introduction-to-solid-state-drives-ssd-benefits-to-the-consumer/

One Comment

  • Posted September 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    SSD technology is definitely a promising advancement to faccelerate substantial real time and predictive analysis for Geotab customers.
    SSDs will also offer instantaneous data access for the massively scaling Geotab data with NAND flash mounted on circuit boards.

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