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Automated Lookahead Data Migration in SSD-Enabled Multi-Tiered Storage System

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Executive Summary

The significant IO improvements of Solid State Disks (SSD) over traditional rotational hard disks makes it an attractive approach to integrate SSDs in tiered storage systems for performance enhancement. However, to integrate SSD into multi-tiered storage system effectively, automated data migration between SSD and HDD plays a critical role. In many real world application scenarios like banking and supermarket environments, workload and IO profile present interesting characteristics and also bear the constraint of workload deadline. How to fully release the power of data migration while guaranteeing the migration deadline is critical to maximizing the performance of SSD enabled multi-tiered storage system.

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