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4 Benefits of SSD vs. HDD: What's the Difference?

July 28, 2017

4 Benefits of SSD vs. HDD: What's the Difference?

Solid state drives (SSDs) have been around for decades, with the first SSDs being confined to military and research use.  Hard disk drive (HDD) technology sprung up during this time, dominating the flourishing computer market, and going from being nearly unheard of technology at the beginning of the 1980s to being a need-to-have storage component be the end of the decade.

Fast forward to today. Solid-state storage technology has continued to evolve and develop from its experimental beginnings. While HDDs still hold an important place in the world of data storage, SSD drives have characteristics that make them better for some enterprise pursuits.

The following four benefits of SSD demonstrate the places where it will most effectively meet a customer’s needs, and why.

SSDs are More Durable and Smaller—Excellent For Mobile Use

In a world where so much business is conducted remotely, laptops are a common fixture of business enterprises. Being carried back and forth from home to office, laptops are often at risk for being dropped, and are subjected to numerous other forms of daily abuse. This makes it easy to see the downside of using an HDD in a laptop. HDDs consist of spinning platters with a read head, and these mechanical parts can be damaged in transport. This can create an unsafe environment for your stored data.  Because SSDs have no moving parts, they are quite shock resistant. They can survive better during your daily commute and travel, withstanding up to 1500g during operation.

Plus, an average solid state drive is a sleek 1.8” format opposed to the 3.5” typical mechanical drive which allows for slimmer and lighter portable laptops in the market. In the enterprise market, with rack space at a premium, the smaller SSD drives are becoming more essential and practical for business owners.

SSDs’ Speeds are Great for High Performance Needs

SSDs contain solid state flash memory using integrated circuits (ICs) rather than magnetic media to access your stored files.  Unhindered by the mechanical elements of HDDs, which cause friction and slower drive speeds, SSD drives can hit markedly higher speeds than HDDs. This is very useful for enterprise needs such as:

  • Graphics rendering: In enterprises that use computers for graphic manipulation and video processing, speed is a must. High-end graphic and video programs are memory hungry and frequently read from the hard drive, making higher speed SSD drives a smart choice.

  • Bioinformatics: Cutting-edge scientific pursuits require the analysis of a massive amount of data. The almost unfathomable number of data points that constitute a genome, and the processes scientists use to manipulate that data to better understand how human life works on the most basic level, demand hyper-fast hard drive speeds. SSDs are a good choice for such an enterprise.  

  • The stock market: Another space where lightning-fast data processing is key is the stock market. Systems that underpin the trading world and run the algorithms that keep the market moving need to be fast, and SSDs can give them the speed they need.

SSDs Serve Up Video-on-Demand

Another benefit of the uptick in hard drive speed SSDs offer is that it can better facilitate streaming video. A huge chunk of internet commerce, news, and entertainment outlets now include streaming video, and it requires high performance drives to allow enterprises to serve this information without crashes and lag. Because of their high speeds, SSDs offer a great option to facilitate such high-traffic, resource-gobbling processes.

SSDs are Quieter than HDDs

If you have ever walked into an office that is conspicuously free from the sound of whirring and revving drives, that is due to the advent of solid state technology.  Because SSDs do not contain spinning plates and write/read heads, they are much quieter and run cooler than an HDD.

For more information on SSD solutions, contact your Ingram Micro sales associate at 1(800) 456-8000.