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6 Storage Technologies That Could Spell The End of The Hard Drive

Cloud storage and emerging technologies still in the laboratories mean the hard drive's days are numbered.

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The Last Hard Drive, Part 1

So when will the last spinning hard drive, by far the most common storage media in use, leave the corporate data center? The arguments for its demise are compelling, including eliminating the power and cooling required for racks-full of disks, the hassles associated with managing thousands of them, and the low performance of hard drives compared to new technologies like SSDs.

For now, however, we are stuck with spinning hard disk drives, and will remain so for the next decade or more.

In the meantime, new storage technologies will be changing how data is stored, accessed, manipulated, and eventually deleted. Some are in use, some are around the corner, and some are still scientists laboratory toys.

Turn the page to take a peek at what the future holds in store as the storage industry strives to wean itself off spinning hard drives. Check out the rest of our special report on the state of the storage industry, which originally ran as an exclusive on the CRN Tech News App.

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