OCZ Technology 128GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD)
I just picked up an OCZ Technology 128GB Vertex 4 Solid State Drive (SSD) to drop in one of my machines at home. It doesn't need much space, so 128Gb size should be more than enough.
The main reason for picking this up is the speed. The box that this is going in currently hosts several VMs and the storage is on a NAS. After installing this, some of that storage will be offloaded onto the SSD, which should make for some speedier response times than a 1Gb Ethernet connection to some spinning disks.
After the Install
Installation was a breeze, it couldn't be simpler to install a SATA connection. Simply plug in the sata cable and the power cable and you are done. (Begin Rant) For those of you who recall installing IDE hard drives with primary master and slave configurations, and those terrible Molex connectors that would get stuck when you'd try to pull them out, then when they'd finally break free you'd slam your hand into the razor sharp casing and bleed all over your workbench... (End Rant) Yes, the SATA configuration couldn't be easier.
The system I installed it in is a VMWare ESXi server, which detected the local storage automatically. I added the new storage in VSphere inventory and it shows up just like the iSCSI and NFS mounts. I setup the system to use the SSD as swap and also copied one of my highest utilized Linux VMs to the SSD to run it locally. The speed in which the VM launches now is staggering in comparison to before (easily less than half the time to load). Anything that involves disk i/o in the VM is significantly faster than before. Though, this likely would have been true with a spinning disk as well, the SSD is perfectly silent in an already near silent server.
Overall, this disk is a pretty good deal. It is silent and pretty fast. The down side the lack of size, though they do offer larger sizes, the price goes up considerably. I'm sure in the not to distant future there will be cheap terabyte SSD options, but in the mean time this will do nicely.