Fast, reliable SSDs protect company data—Every hard drive in your company represents a potential catastrophe—because when these slow, fragile devices fail (as they inevitably will), your business can lose critical data. Now is the perfect time to replace your hard drives with reliable solid-state drives.
SSD, which stands for "solid-state drive," is the latest business breakthrough: a fast, trouble-free, electronic reinvention of the hard drive.
Your company might want to consider swapping out its aging, trouble-prone hard drives. Machines with moving parts eventually break down, and old-fashioned hard drives—with their spinning platters, moving read-write heads, and fragile magnetic media—are catastrophes waiting to happen. That's why the latest data-storage technology—solid-state drives (SSDs) with no moving parts—use nonvolatile NAND flash memory to replace those clunky hard drives. Dropping SSDs into your company's fleet of PCs is easy, especially if you choose a vendor that designs its SSDs to use the same interface and the same physical dimensions as a standard hard disk.
SSDs access data much faster than standard hard drives. For your employees, whether they're working on a traveling laptop or on an in-office desktop PC, that’s less time waiting for the computer to boot up or for data to become available. And your squad of laptop warriors will be pleased that SSDs use far fewer amps than hard drives. Swap SSDs into those traveling laptops and your staffers' batteries may last several hours longer—long enough for them to actually polish off those reports before the plane lands.
Because SSDs have no moving parts, they have a huge edge over regular drives. For one thing, SSDs are more resistant to shock and vibration than regular hard drives, with fewer potential points of mechanical failure. Also, SSDs generate less heat, so they don't require fans. And they run silently, making them perfect for offices where several PCs are operating for long hours each day.
Of course, your business has to watch the bottom line, and SSDs are still more expensive, gigabyte for gigabyte, than standard hard drives. And even though new SSDs offer blazing speed, their performance can degrade over time depending on how your staff uses their drives, and how their operating systems manage memory writes. Also, cheaper models are significantly slower than top-of-the-line SSD devices. Finally, for the most part, SSDs offer smaller storage capacity than conventional hard drives—at least for now.
Prices on SSDs are dropping fast as new operating systems take advantage of these disks’ potentially higher speeds. It’s a perfect time to start sliding SSDs into your company's computers.