The Growing Role of Solid State Storage

Solid-state storage is fast becoming a popular option for small and medium-sized businesses because it offers significant advantages over traditional hard drives.  Traditional drives use electromechanical processes to read and write data and include moving parts such as read/write heads and disks that spin at high speeds.  This makes them more susceptible to breakdown than solid-state disks, which feature no moving parts and use microchips to retain data.

Other Advantages of Solid State Storage

Compared to traditional hard drives, solid-state drives, also known as electronic disks, are more able to withstand physical shocks without loss of data.  They also operate silently and feature much faster read and write times, offering users what appears to be near-instantaneous access to stored data.

One of the most important advantages of solid-state drives is the fact that they use the same interface protocols as today's existing hard drives.  This makes them quite easy to replace in most computer systems and lowers the installation and service costs that can be associated with making such a major change to hardware.

Challenges Associated with Solid State Storage

Although solid-state storage does offer significant benefits, enterprises will need to evaluate on a case-by-case basis whether these benefits will justify the cost of replacing drives.  While replacing one electromechanical hard drive with another has become an almost negligible expense, solid-state drives are still significantly more expensive than their traditional cousins are.  Enterprises should work with a knowledgeable IT consulting firm that can help them navigate their choices in this area.


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