SSDs – the Best Year-end Corporate Gift

Posted on 12/10/2014 by

Jim Elliott

IT engineers and managers are unsung heroes, always here when we need them but rarely getting a pat on the back for the many hours that they spend fixing network and laptop problems, often using antiquated equipment and inferior technologies.

The same can be said about the laptop-equipped corporate teams that have to deal with the lost time associated with processing speed, boot-up, downloading and multi-tasking.  So, take a moment to consider lessening the headaches and increasing the productivity of those who work for you by phasing in Solid-State Drives (SSDs).

SSDs crossed two important thresholds in 2014.  Premium (NVMe) versions were launched with extremely high speeds, while reliable, high-performing 3-bit MLC-technology versions were rolled out for the small-to-medium business (SMB) markets.  Recently, high-speed SSDs used only more costly 2-bit MLC technology.  Now, 3-bit MLC SSDs will bring the efficiency and speed of solid state storage technology to a much larger market, as will more widespread use of 3D V-NAND technology to further improve SSD manufacturing productivity.  Today, our SATA SSD for notebooks moves large amounts of data exceptionally fast – at speeds of about 100,000 IOPs, while our NVMe PCIe SSD can move data at 140,000 IOPs.  By comparison, the fastest hard disk drive for a notebook processes data at about 200 IOPs, and that’s after comparatively slow boot-up times.

More and more OEMs are seeing the extent to which SSDs present the best storage cost-benefit value for notebooks and desktop, in addition to a much improved user experience.

As for SSD reliability, it has always been extremely good and is even better today.   Manufacturers now have sophisticated ways to better manage “spare” memory blocks on an SSD to retire dying or dead cells, as well as improved error correction schemes.  Also, the wear-leveling in an SSD sends each ‘write’ to a different cell rather than writing to the same cell again and again.  This results in even wear that considerably extends drive lifespan.

Regarding durability, SSDs last a lot longer than the typical user would ever want to use a PC.  A 256 GB Samsung SSD that writes 40GB per day has an expected lifespan of over 16 years.

In addition, thanks to write latencies of just tens of microseconds, users can access data almost immediately.  Furthermore, most Samsung SSDs will provide 30-50 percent lower power consumption than that of HDDs.

So when you look at total cost of ownership, workforce productivity and the hassles that can bog down your IT and field teams, I’m sure that you will agree that now is the time to ring in the New Year with a truly useful gift – the magic of SSDs.

Happy holidays.

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