Data Storage: Solid-State Storage Disks Are Rapidly Replacing HDDs: 10 Reasons Why

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-11-05 Print this article Print
Solid-State Storage Disks Are Rapidly Replacing HDDs: 10 Reasons Why

Solid-State Storage Disks Are Rapidly Replacing HDDs: 10 Reasons Why

by Chris Preimesberger
It's all too apparent that SSD (solid-state drive) data storage will ultimately replace HDD (hard disk drive) disk storage for all but the most specialized applications. Most people in the IT storage business understand this. It will still take a number of years, but spinning disk storage will eventually give way to the simpler, more efficient solid-state form. The proof is evident: Disk manufacturers Seagate Technology, Western Digital, Samsung, Toshiba, Intel, Micron Technology, Hynix, SanDisk and LSI Logic are just some of the companies producing improved NAND flash disks as the next generation of storage begins to take shape. They are selling them to a list of storage system makers including EMC, IBM, NetApp, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Fusion-io, Nimbus, Pliant, Schooner and Fujitsu that continue to ramp up their output. NAND flash memory currently serves as the core or adjunct storage for new servers, storage arrays, routers, USB flash drives and mobile devices that include smartphones, the Apple iPad, iPod and iPhone. Here are some specifics on why SSD storage will kill HDD storage. (Source: eWEEK reporting)
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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