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Solid State Drive (SSD) Statistics 2017-2018

In 2017, a total of 190 million units of Solid Sate Drives (SSDs) is estimated to be shipped. This is five times as many as in 2012 (https://www.statista.com/statistics/285462/sdd-shipments-worldwide-2012-2016/). By 2021, it is estimated that the shipment of SSDs will bypass the shipments for hard drives (HDDs) (https://www.statista.com/statistics/285474/hdds-and-ssds-in-pcs-global-shipments-2012-2017/)

Rising to consumer fame in 2005 with the inclusion in the Apple iPod, the industrial solid-state drives are non-volatile storage devices that use flash memory – an array of semiconductor memory and integrated circuits to store persistent data. There are no moving parts involved, like in a hard-drive, and that reduces power consumption by around 50% while increasing the reading speed significantly.

Using flash memory has some known advantages over regular hard-drive technology (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404258,00.asp ):
– Speed, due to both shorter times to boot and run apps, as well as the data not being fragmented as it is when stored on a hard drive.
– Ruggedness: the data will be safer without a mechanical head that reads/writes it. When dropping a laptop, chances are the SSD-equipped one will protect the data better.
– Size: the SSDs can be as small as needed, and as long as laptops get smaller and tablets are more in use, the hard drives will have a hard time fitting in.

However, there are disadvantages as well. Using rugged SSDs is more expensive, and their availability and current capacity are somewhat limited.

The most recent SSD for computer memory is called M.2 (http://www.computershopper.com/feature/2017-guide-the-best-m.2-solid-state-drives-tested ) and it has set a standard for laptop and desktop implementation: 22 millimeters wide, and several possible lengths (80 mm, 60 mm, 42 mm). The size is important to consider when fitting the SSD inside a laptop due to its limited space. The typical capacity tops at 512GB, although a 1TB M.2 SSD is to be launched soon.

Some of the SSDs that use the newest M.2 format are Samsung PRO and Samsung EVO, which consistently score at the top of the rankings (http://www.fastestssd.com/featured/ssd-rankings-the-fastest-solid-state-drives/ ) for reliability, ease of integration and speed. So does the new Western Digital product, WD Blue (https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-solid-state-drives ) which offers reading speeds of 545MB/s and write speeds of up to 525 MB/s, a very high mean time to failure, and it is optimized for multitasking.

The SSDs have been quickly enhancing their market share as part of smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, and portable USB drives. They have also become more common in enterprise settings, such as large business storage systems.

Data centers are also increasingly using SSDs to process complex transactions such as credit card processing or other complex financial operations, as a way to scale without adding more servers. Some of the major manufacturers now offer hybrid systems which consist of both SSDs and HDDs, trying to offer the best of both technologies.

The military SSD drive markets are poised for a new phase of disruption, as consumers realize the business benefits of using flash storage. The top companies for SSD production in 2017 are Western Digital, Pure Storage, Diablo Technology (http://www.storagesearch.com/ssd-top10-40.html). Pure Storage and Diablo Technology both focus on offering all-flash enterprise solutions for storage and application management, to support high-load tasks like virtualization and cloud computing.

However, a study by market research firm Gartner (https://www.gartner.com/doc/reprints?id=1-3YTOCXE&ct=170426&st=sb&aliId=4445155) suggests that the vendor list for SSDs will continue to change. Vendor consolidation will continue in the storage area, with cost impact and possible solution switches. By 2020, Gartner predicts that the price of solid-state arrays (storage systems made of all flash memory chips) will decline nearly 60% per Terabyte from the beginning of 2017.

The smartphones, tablets, and consumer wearables will keep pushing the use of flash memory. As businesses are looking at decreasing their costs and resources for storage, using SSDs is definitely on everyone’s research list. Companies must consider their internal needs, but also the customers’ expectations of high speed, reliability, scalability, and data quality when using their applications or websites, and make decisions on their storage strategy that addresses those goals.

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