SSDs: Reliability is All Important

With computing speed and topline performance in higher demand than ever, SSDs are “all the rage.” As you might surmise, the tech market is filled with plenty of SSD drivesfrom a plethora of manufacturers, all differing in price, performance and capability. Consumers and OEMs are looking to attain maximum read and write speeds at an affordable price, but what should buyers consider the most when purchasing an SSD?

Several SSDs on the market promise optimal performance at a low price but lack reliability. However, a number of consumers and corporate road warriors  have found that SSDs such as our PM830 provide greater endurance for business and personal needs while offering unbeatable reliability at 128GB, 256GB and 512GB densities. Read speeds top 500MB/s. On the enterprise side, with an Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER) that supersedes the minimum requirements of similar class drives and offers full cache power protection, our SM825 not only protects user data in the event of a power failure, but contains the bandwidth needed to get a variety of jobs done with exceptional efficiency. 

There is a myth that SSDs will wear out after short periods of time.  Simply not true. Let’s take a close look. Consider a Samsung PM830 128GB for example. It can handle between 15 -312TBs over its life based on the workload.  This equates to writing between 14GB to 285GB every day for three years. This means you would have to constantly overwrite your entire hard drive every day in order to reach the useful life of the SSD.   This is not the typical scenario for how users interact with their storage devices.  Most of the information stored on your drive is written once and read from time to time.  There is some data that is newly written or overwritten but this is minimal. Most of the time people focus on P/E (Program/Erase) cycles when judging the endurance of an SSD. Typical MLC SSDs are around 3,000 P/E cycles. Looking at this alone does not paint an accurate picture of the endurance of the drive.  There are other factors that  to determine the right way to measure endurance, such as how much data can you write to the drive.

I’d like to believe that performance is also an essential factor when purchasing any SSD. With read and write speeds ranging from 300 MB/s to 500 MB/s, a high-performance SSD can be the difference between managing a successful data center, or failing to do so because of excessive errors and failure rates. SSDs even contribute to your computer’s video streaming capabilities in enhancing the overall user experience!

So, whether you’re purchasing an SSD for your own personal use or for a massive data center server, always keep in mind that reliability, endurance and performance should be the most important factors to consider. Even when the sticker price if greater up front, you’ll recoup those costs in the long run. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this.