Thin or thick provisioning?

This is good explanation why not to use thin provisioning especially in small business where we cannot afford any vm redundancy.

expected survival rate after one year:
Windows 2008 system installed on certified hardware: 98%
same system on thick provisioned eagerzeroed vmdk running on ESXi: 97%
same system on thin provisioned vmdk running on ESXi: 60%
same as before plus automatic backup by Veeam or similar: 50 %

I dont think those numbers are completely off but I dont have statistics to backup such a claim.
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Amazon Lumberyard and GameLift

We’re excited to introduce Amazon Lumberyard and Amazon GameLift to game developers using AWS.

Amazon Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine for developers to create the highest-quality games, connect their games to the vast compute and storage of the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch. This game engine helps developers build beautiful worlds, make realistic characters, and create stunning real-time effects.

Amazon Lumberyard is available for download in beta for PC and console game developers, with mobile and virtual reality (VR) platforms coming soon. Amazon Lumberyard is free to use, including source. There are no seat fees, subscription fees, or requirements to share revenue. Developers pay standard AWS fees for any AWS services they choose to use. Download the game engine here.

AWS is also releasing Amazon GameLift, a new service for deploying, operating, and scaling session-based multiplayer games, reducing the time required to create multiplayer back-ends from thousands of hours to just minutes. Learn more here.

With Amazon GameLift and Amazon Lumberyard, developers can create multiplayer back-ends with less effort, technical risk, and time delays that often cause developers to cut multiplayer features from their games.

SSHD vs SSD

So the read/write speeds of SSD comparing to SSHD on SATA II is about 4.5 times faster giving about 460MB/s to previous 110MB/s.

SSD READ:
Timing cached reads: 5260 MB in 2.00 seconds = 2633.81 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 1476 MB in 3.00 seconds = 491.58 MB/sec

SSD WRITE:
4096000000 bytes (4.1 GB) copied, 9.02934 s, 454 MB/s