Windows Media Load Simulator Performance Comparison: Solid-State Drives Vs. Hard Disk Drives

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Executive Summary

Intel Corporation (Intel) commissioned Principled Technologies (PT) to compare the performance and power of two types of disk drives when streaming Windows Media: Intel X25-E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drives (SSDs), Standard 15K RPM SAS Hard Disk Drives (HDD5). The author used the Windows Media Load Simulator (WMLS) test tool. WMLS tests a server's ability to accommodate a large number of streaming connections from Microsoft's Windows Media Server. WMLS runs on one or more client desktop systems, each of which opens a tester-designated number of streaming connections to the server. Each connection streams a tester-designated video.

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