All-flash cloud storage pays big dividends, according to SolidFire. The company announced results from a third-party benchmarking process that reported twice as many operations per second for NoSQL MongoDB deployments on SolidFire's SSD storage as compared to other hosts.

The measurements were based on the Yahoo Cloud Serving Benchmark (YCSB), which aims to provide objective and comprehensive performance tests for cloud services. According to SolidFire, the YCSB tested four different types of MongoDB workloads and found that "the operations/second were consistently 200 [percent to] 300 percent better than comparable published results."

MongoDB is a popular open source "NoSQL" database platform, offering functionality not available in traditional, relational databases, such as MySQL.

SolidFire hopes the performance increases offered by its all-flash storage solution will attract enterprises aiming to maximize the speed of their MongoDB deployments. "Enterprises choose to deploy NoSQL solutions for a variety of reasons," said SolidFire founder and CEO Dave Wright. "Our customers often cite performance, scalability, and ease of deployment as key factors in choosing to deploy MongoDB. The YCSB Benchmark demonstrates that utilizing SolidFire’s all-flash array with MongoDB allows businesses to achieve their objectives regardless of type of workload."

Of course, the trade-off of SSD storage solutions like the one offered by SolidFire is that they currently remain pricier than legacy or hybrid storage solutions. But performance boosts of more than 200 percent may well be enough to attract more enterprises to all-flash storage, especially for applications where speed is more important than storage volume.