Solid State Storage is a new type of technology that emulates hard disks without requiring any moving parts or other constraints caused by inefficient server use.
Many businesses and laptop owners have begun switching to Solid State Storage (often referred to as “SSD”) in order to rid themselves of many of the problems that occur due to the inefficiencies of the standard hard disk. Ten Benefits of Using a Solid State Disk:
1. Completely Silent – Because there are no moving parts Solid State devices make no noise, with the exception of some of the higher end models that have an attached cooling fan.
2. The random access memory of a Solid State device is quick, due to the lack of writing implement necessary to save the data.
3. Solid State Memory has access times that are approximately 250 times that of the standard hard drive, making access time lag virtually imperceptible.
4. Solid State disks can boot up over 25 times faster than the standard hard drive, since there are no disks that need to warm up.
5. Little to no Mechanical Failure – Because there are no moving parts to an SSD, it is rare that any mechanical failure can occur, because there are no parts that can break. As such, SSD can withstand a great deal of movement and vibration – far more than the standard hard drive – without risking any broken pieces.
6. The lower capacity SSDs (and presumably the higher end SSDs in the near future) require very little power usage and produce far less heat. While the higher end ones currently produce more than the standard hard drive, this is generally considered to be a result of their novelty and is expected to be rectified in the not too distant future.
7. Clearly Understood Performance – Because Hard Drives can wear down at random speeds due to the life of their moving parts, estimating the life of a hard drive is somewhat difficult. With SSDs, however, it is easy to calculate how they will perform because there are no moving parts, so all of the pieces wear down at the same, pre-established speed.
8. Most of the lower capacity disks tend to weigh less and can fit in smaller areas. Since most SSD are flash drive disks, up to 512 GB are lighter than their Hard Drive counterparts, and exponentially lighter as the capacity grows smaller. Normal hard drives tend to require the same components regardless of the capacity, resulting in increased weight and size.
9. Many models contain batteries that allow them to be saved/backed up in the event of a power outage or transferred from computer to computer without losing data.
10. Growth Potential – Unlike hard drives, as SSDs start to grow in popularity their disk space is expected to increase with it, without the performance or speed being affected. In addition, the space required to maintain these SSD when they grow is expected to be less, making them ideal for laptops in the near future.