With all signs pointing to continued consumer adoption of solid-state drives (SSDs) as a data storage solution alongside a slow but steady migration away from hard disk drives (HDDs), there are a few factors that always sell clients on SSDs. SSDs are lightning fast compared to HDDs, and they are getting faster. They’re incredibly physically small and pack a tremendous amount of storage for their physical size. Until now, clients may have had questions about the reliability of SSDs due to old metrics. But for recent generations of SSDs, reliability is as much of a selling point as the other impressive characteristics of high-performance SSDs.
Clients, after all, are looking for a solution that they don’t have to think about—one that prevents them from having to worry about if the project they worked hard on, the game they spent hours accumulating experience on, or the server that hosts their entire online business presence will disappear and leave them in the lurch. Luckily for them, we are reaching a point where there is no tradeoff between performance and SSD reliability. This is sure to be a good thing for a client, and the following examples illustrate how.
SSDs: The Right Choice for a Commuter’s Computer
Whether a client is bringing a laptop to and from an office or carrying an external hard drive on a plane for purposes of conducting international business, the average hard drive of a member of the mobile workforce is going to take some bumps. Whereas traditional HDDs can be easily damaged in a commuting scenario, SSDs are not prone to damage in the same way, no matter how much they are dropped or mishandled. Thus, for clients using SSDs during their commutes, SSD reliability is a sure selling point over HDDs.
A Growing Reliability to Meet Speed Needs
The well-established speed advantages of SSDs over HDDs are perhaps the biggest drivers behind the increasing consumer interest in SSDs. But having a lightning-fast drive that can let you play an MMORPG without having it lock up at a crucial moment or process a huge image file for a presentation without sitting through spinning circles and endless crashes isn’t really an advantage if a drive, for all its impressive performance, fails entirely for no apparent reason.
Luckily, clients today benefit from SSD reliability as well as SSD speed. That means that SSDs can continue operating at top performance, doing everything a client needs them to do, without writing to failure. With each new generation of SSDs, the rigorous stress tests both the industry and tech heads put them through indicate that SSDs are becoming more and more reliable when working at full tilt and can last longer and longer without becoming unstable.
SSDs: Coming to a Data Center Near You?
One area in which HDDs remain popular is in data centers, as they tend to be cheaper per-MB, which makes sense for a data center’s space-intensive demands. Furthermore, data recovery on HDDs is currently easier to manage than with SSDs, which can be a lifesaver for a data center in case of a crash.
But HDDs may not always be the data-center favorite. With the amount of technological innovation going into SSDs, they are only becoming more reliable. New solutions for data recovery are being developed with the full force of the industry behind them, and increased SSD reliability may soon make them catch on even in areas like data centers, where there is no room for failure.
In fact, given SSDs’ resistance to damage from environmental factors, having them used in data centers may solve perennial problems, such as the need for big server rooms to be meticulously temperature-controlled, which can be a big burden on the electric bill but is a must for keeping rooms full of spinning HDDs from seizing up.
With SSD reliability trending upward, safe data for clients, accompanied by all the other benefits of cutting-edge storage solutions, will follow.
When do you think SSDs will begin to be used for purposes like data centers?