Unprecedented volumes of structured and unstructured data are being generated at high velocity via sensors, and Web, social and mobile interactions. This is giving rise to new applications that respond immediately to what people, devices and systems are doing now. Increasingly, the developers of these applications are turning to a combination of SSD storage and NoSQL databases to deliver highly relevant, high-value data and actionable insights in milliseconds. However, not all SSDs are equal when it comes to database performance. In this session, Brian Bulkowski discusses how he developed the open source ACT tool to evaluate SSD drive performance in handling large-scale, real-time database loads; how several popular SSD drives have performed on the ACT benchmark; and how developers can use the ACT benchmark to evaluate SSDs for their own high-velocity big data demands.