Artur Bergman

VP Engineering and Operations, Wikia/Fastly

Artur on SSD's
5 minutes, 2.6mb, recorded 2011-06-16
Artur Bergman

Warning: This talk contains strong language and thus may not be suitable to listen to at work.

While Artur Bergman boots up his Mac in 12 seconds in front of an audience to demonstrate how much better SSD's are than electromechanical drives such as hard disks, he announces, "If you've got hard disks in your data centers of laptops or are using HDD's for anything other than archival or backup, you're wasting your time."

The only criticism levelled against SSD's that has so far been responsible for their slow adoption rate is the argument that they are expensive.

Though SSD's are still more expensive than HDD's, their prices are falling fast and the gains they give you in terms of access speed and low power consumption pay for themselves.

Bergman assures us saving from not buying an SSD is a false economy. Absolute price shouldn't factor in decision making. The relevant metric you need to consider to measure cos-effectiveness is the gigabyte per I/O operations. SSD's thus actually turn out to be much cheaper than other drives.

If you're a serious hacker or are responsible for managing a software team, you must buy SSD's for your development work and you will save yourself a lot of time.

Warning: This talk contains strong language and thus may not be suitable to listen to at work.

Artur Bergman, hacker and technologist at-large, is the VP of Engineering and Operations at Wikia. He provides the technical backbone necessary for Wikia’s mission to compile and index the world’s knowledge. He is also an enthusiastic apologist for federated identity and a board member of the OpenID Foundation. In past lives, he’s built high volume financial trading systems, re-implemented Perl 5’s threading system, wrote djabberd, managed LiveJournal’s engineering team, and served as operations architect at Six Apart. His current interests extend to encompass semantic search, large scale infrastructure, open source development, federated instant messaging, neurotransmitters, and the future of cyborgs.


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