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Solid state drives (SSDs) are a hot topic of interest in IT organizations because of their potential
to turbocharge storage performance. One inhibitor to adoption has been the high cost of SSDs
relative to hard disk drives (HDDs) and a second has been the problem of when and how to use
SSDs efficiently and effectively. IBM DS8700 users now have the tools in Easy Tier and its associated
software tool Storage Tier Advisor to evaluate the benefits of, plan for, deploy, and
manage on an ongoing basis SSDs in combination with existing HDDs. It’s not for nothing that
IBM calls its product Easy Tier.