Flash Storage: Speed Not Always Top Consideration
Flash storage over the past decade has become a keystone in the storage industry, and in the IT industry as a whole. That despite the fact that the storage buying decision is not determined by performance alone, but instead determined by what businesses need for their specific – and constantly changing – situations.
Performance is important, but it’s not a simple matter of faster is better. Instead, the performance required depends on the workload, which in turn helps solution providers determine which type of flash storage is required. That ranges from ultra-fast custom-designed flash modules for high-performance workloads to consumer-grade flash that provides high performance, but with capacity and price characteristics similar to those of spinning disks.
But there are other considerations. SSDs and all-flash storage arrays are increasingly available with built-in cybersecurity and ransomware protection and can be ruggedized for protection against harsh environments.
Manufacturers of SSDs and flash storage products were busy in 2021 looking for new ways to address changing business and consumer requirements with advances in flash storage technology. Here’s a look at the 10 coolest SSD and flash storage products of 2021.
For additional storage insights, look for CRN’s The 10 Coolest Data Storage Products Of 2021.