FAQ - Solid State Drive (SSD) on the 3200, 5000, 15000, 23000 Appliances
||Data Center Security Appliances, Enterprise Appliances
|Platform / Model
||3000, 5000, 15000, 23000, 16000, 26000
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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 3200 and 5000 appliances 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):
- 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: