FAQ - Solid State Drive (SSD) on the 3200, 5000, 15000, 23000 Appliances
||Data Center Security Appliances, Enterprise Appliances
||R77.30, R80.10, R80.20, R80.30
|Platform / Model
||3000, 5000, 6000, 15000, 16000, 23000, 26000
Note: Check Point plans to discontinue the standard hard disk drive (HDD) versions of our 3100, 3200 and 5900 appliances. The SSD versions of these models will remain. (3100 SSD, 3200 SSD, 5900 SSD : Stand Alone (SA) management supported)
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- What are the advantages of SSD over HDD?
High reliability: Since SSDs are based on flash storage technology, they do not have any moving parts. This creates lower failure rates compared to traditional HDDs.
Operational performance: Gains in Input/Output bound tasks such as booting the appliance, doing backups, re-imaging and policy installation.
- Which appliances have an SSD drive option?
- What is the size and configuration of the SSD option?
||1x240GB SSD replacing the 1x320GB HDD
||1x240GB SSD replacing the 1x500GB HDD
|1x480GB SSD replacing the 1x1TB HDD
(a second drive in a RAID1 configuration is available)
|2x480GB SSD replacing the 2x1TB HDD
- Can an appliance with the option to have 2 drives (e.g., 15400) be configured with 1xSSD and 1xHDD?
No. RAID requires the drives have the same storage capacity.
The SSD and HDD drives have different capacities.
- Can I add an SSD drive option to my existing appliance?
This depends upon the model.
The drives in the 3000 and 5000 appliances, except from 5900, are not Field Replicable Units (FRU), thus a FRU option is not available.
These need to be ordered with the
A FRU option for the 15000 and 23000 appliances will be available soon.
These can also be added when first ordering the appliance with the
- Does an appliance with an SSD require a different software image?
Effective August 28th, 2016, available images have been replaced on Check Point Download Center, adding support for Solid State Drive (SSD):
The following appliances have support for Solid State Drive (SSD) since their initial release:
- Although SSDs have lower failure rates, they typically have a higher wear-out rate. Should I be concerned about their lifespan?
While the failure rate from a moving part malfunction is not a concern in SSDs, they typically wear out faster due to repetitive read-writes.
For this reason, Check Point has chosen one of the highest endurance enterprise grade SSDs available in the market.
Their typical lifespan is from 5 to 10 years.
- Are there known limitations?
Refer to the list of Known Limitations for the relevant appliance: