RethinkDB gets around these issues in the following way. We identified over a dozen parameters that affect the performance of any given drive (for example, block size, stride, timing, etc.) We have a benchmarking engine that treats the underlying storage system as a black box and brute forces through many hundreds of permutations of these parameters to find an ideal workload for the underlying drive.
This blog is called myNoSQL and it is written by me, Alex Popescu, a software architect with a passion for open source and communities.
It records my readings, learnings, and opinions on NoSQL databases, polyglot persistence, and distributed systems -- subjects that I'm passionate about.
The opinions expressed here are my own, and no other party necessarily agrees with them.
If you feel I'm biased, I probably am.