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How are the top trends changing the solid state storage market?

More capacity, more speed and greater efficiency—the future is bright for SSDs

January 20, 2020

How are the top trends changing the solid state storage market?
What does the future hold for solid state storage? The better question might be, what does solid state technology hold for the future of storage? With consumer and enterprise demand showing no signs of slowing, solid state storage is well on its way to replacing traditional hard disk drives (HDDs)—it’s just a matter of how soon. Yet solid state storage is quite diverse and is evolving year by year. Let’s take a look at some of the latest solid state storage trends affecting 2020 and beyond.

Ever-increasing market share
As of last year, the solid state storage market was valued at USD 34 billion, and it’s expected to nearly triple in less than five years with current projections predicting the market valuation will hit $80 billion by 2025. A large part of the rising demand comes from enterprise storage. Today’s data centers are increasingly turning to solid state storage options as they tackle the complex tasks presented by edge computing, IoT data analysis, high-performance computing (HPC), deep learning and other next-generation tasks.
 
Newer NAND
The first SSDs employed single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash, recording information one bit per cell, which is highly durable at 100,000 writes per cell. Newer advancements in NAND technology include 2D NAND and 3D NAND (writing at 2 bits per cell and three bits per cell, respectively), which are less durable but allow for higher capacity at a lower cost, and for that reason are highly useful as enterprise storage. Four-bit per cell 3D NAND memory exists, but durability issues with the current technology make it unsuited for enterprise applications.
 
Mobile storage
While most mobile device manufacturers continue to push cloud storage options, local storage on phones and tablets is still increasing, thanks to advancements in SSD technology. One recent example is Toshiba’s announcement of XFMEXPRESS, a new NVMe format designed to enhance all sorts of mobile storage applications from phones to car infotainment units to gaming consoles.
 
NVMe dominance
Original SSDs relied on the existing SATA protocol, which limited the speed at which storage could offload information to a motherboard. Now, more and more manufacturers are bypassing SATA with NVMe, which uses the PCIe protocol and allows for speeds that far exceed what SATA can offer. Because of this advantage, NVMe is expected to become the dominant storage interface for the foreseeable future.
 
Solid state storage sales are expected to continue their sharp increase in the next five years. Encourage your customers to explore how their businesses could benefit from the latest innovations in storage technology.
 
For more information on solid state storage technology and how it can serve your customers, talk to one of Ingram Micro’s data center experts. Contact Samuel Alt at samuel.alt@ingrammicro.com or Nick Vermiglio at nick.vermiglio@ingrammicro.com.