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Solid-State Drive: A Faster Storage Solution for Enterprises

By CIOReview | Thursday, October 13, 2016

As myriad enterprises across the globe grapple with enormous amounts of data, adopting a faster and reliable storage technology has become a necessity. Furthermore, the operating speed and performance delivered by traditionally deployed hard-disks are not sufficient enough to catch up with the fast-paced enterprise environment. Ever since the advent of Solid-State Drive (SSD) technology––a smart alternative for storage, enterprises are now able to overcome the limitations and achieve faster processing speeds.

Viewing from a technical standpoint, absence of a mechanical head happens to be the key factor that makes an SSD faster. Also, SSDs include an interconnected flash memory for data storage; accelerating the entire data processing scenario. But, when it comes to hard drives, data is stored on the memory disk enclosed inside it.

According to a report by the MarketsandMarkets research firm, by the year 2022, the SSD market is expected to reach a massive $25.30 Bn mark, at a CAGR rate of about 9.5 percent between 2016 and 2022. The firm also states that the solid state market will be driven by elements such as the increased use of big data applications, rapid development in the cloud computing arena, limitations of the hard disk drives and rise in the total number of data centers emerging worldwide.

Productive Benefits of Implementing SSDs

While there are many other solutions available in the storage marketplace, such as hard disk drives and cloud, an ideal SSD portrays the following array of benefits:

The Absence of Mechanical Moving Heads

With the absence of frequently moving read/write heads, and spinning platters (disks), SSDs can avoid delays and effectively achieve lightening fast processing speeds. Data in SSDs reside in the integrated circuits, thus making it easily accessible. SSD’s sturdy design prevents data loss as it may not face any kind of mechanical failure or platter crashes. Furthermore, unlike hard disk drives, they are not affected by vibrations and shocks.

Lower Lifetime Expenditure

When compared to traditionally deployed hard drives, lifetime costs of the bandwidth used in SSDs are lower. This is always a crucial factor for small and medium sized businesses that are unable to afford extra expenses associated with the storage architecture. Adding to the enormous range of benefits offered, lifespan of SSDs are considerably longer than hard drives, generating huge savings for enterprises during its operating period.

Enhanced Energy Savings

Unlike hard drives, due to the absence of moving parts, SSDs limit the total power consumption. Saving power as well as delivering optimum read and write speeds are the vital factors that make SSDs exceptional in terms of the level of efficiency.

High Reliability

Considering the reliability, SSDs are integrated with software that has the ability to foresee the possibility of a potential failure due to prolonged usage over time, a feature not available on traditional hard drives. In the case of a failure, data residing in SSD are always accessible. Additionally, in case of a power loss, SSDs save the data which is stored in the cache memory.

The Gravity of Ensuring Stability in Performance

I/O requests in SSDs are always expected to be at constant speeds, delivering acceptable amount of latency with almost no variation in the performance. But, technically, all storage devices tend to deliver a variable performance. So, it is very crucial to analyze the overall consistency in the performance of firmwares, controllers, error control algorithms and internal management mechanisms involved.

Although cloud storage is considered as a flexible storage platform in the current technological era, it can also turn out to be a costly option for enterprises. Considering the costs involved and the ease of operation, it is always recommended to incorporate SSDs in the enterprise workflow.