Sony has seen commercial optical data archiving systems fail one after the other: from Blu-ray to DVD and HD DVD. But the firm is either learning from its mistakes or readying itself to make new ones as it launches yet another new proprietary optical disk archiving product and format.
A single PCIe 2.0 lane is good for 500MB/s of data upstream and downstream, for an aggregate of 1GB/s. Build a PCIe 2.0 x16 SSD and you're talking 8GB/s in either direction. The first PCIe 3.0 chipsets have already started shipping and they'll offer even higher bandwidth per lane (~1GB/s per lane, per direction).
I haven't had a chance to mess with the SSD drives yet, But my problem with them is what happens when they fail ? It is not like you can swap the platters to another one for data recovery. That is an interesting drive in your link though.
If your backup plan is to try and swap out platters to recover your data then I'd have to say you're going about it the wrong way. If the data is that critical that weekly, daily or hourly backups don't cut it then surely a RAID solution?
Just noticed this, hmm wonder where that quote came from And not sure why it ended up in this section. Edit: That was strange your comment was the only one showing at the moment, the rest of the conversation was missing untill i clicked post.
I have already had one SSD fail on me (an OCZ from a series that started having failures the day after I bought mine). Luckily I had an image backed up to a volume on the RAID array in the same computer.
The speed improvement is breathtaking, I would suggest "messing" with one as soon as possible.
Don't forget that many SSD/controllers still don't give TRIM support in RAID. You might be interested in trying Crucial's "Adrenaline" 50GB caching SSD - just add it to the system and it caches your system disk.