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The Need to Standardize Storage Device Performance Metrics

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In this IDC white paper, sponsored by Seagate, IDC lays the foundation and discusses the importance for storage device vendors to define and coalesce around a set of common performance metrics that reflect real-world performance. This paper explores the need for hard disk drive (HDD), flash-based solid state drive (SSD), and hybrid hard disk drive (H-HDD) vendors to develop standard metrics and testing methodologies in an effort to assist system OEMs and other storage integrators in evaluating and choosing the storage device that best fits their system design, performance metrics, and application goals.

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