Amazon Web Services abstraction of SSD in the cloud

GigaOm's Derek Harris has a p on AWS new Dynamo service.

Amazon’s DynamoDB shows hardware as means to an end

Somewhat lost in the greater story of Amazon Web Services’ new DynamoDB NoSQL database is that the new service runs atop a solid-state storage system. However, by abstracting those SSDs underneath a higher-level application service, AWS has once again demonstrated its cloud wisdom by illustrating how new hardware presents greater opportunities than Infrastructure-as-a-Service alone.

AWS doing solid-state drives is a big deal in the world of cloud computing, where users have been wondering for years when the company might start offering SSDs as a service. Other cloud providers already offer bare SSDs as a service, and more certainly are thinking about it with the advent of companies such as SolidFire that are specifically targeting cloud providers with solid-state arrays. The idea is that they’ll be necessary to run I/O-intensive applications such as databases and ERP, which many large organizations consider mission-critical but which many cloud providers aren’t yet equipped to handle.

I speculated on the arrival of SSD to AWS 2 years ago.

When will solid state memory server be an option in AWS instances?

I was having another stimulating conversation in silicon valley last night, and one of the ideas that made sense is for solid state memory servers to be part of the cloud computing option.  It’s just a matter of time.  Amazon has their current instance offerings with a division of performance and memory.

It took longer than I thought, but SSD has arrived to the AWS and I am sure it will be a standard expectation for high data IO services.