Storage Magazine’s recent piece “Making the case for solid-state storage” brought up some interesting points regarding the future of storage technology.
First, will solid state storage finally bring an end to data loss resulting from drive failures? As we’ve all learned the hard way, there’s a universal law that states fewer moving parts means greater reliability. Speed is another factor, with performance gains of seven to nine times traditional storage. Not just in processing efficiency, convenience, user productivity and so on, but such speed improvements can have an enormous impact on disaster recovery and business continuity efforts. Perhaps this will be the contributing factor that pushes management to get on board with DR/BC. Or, perhaps it’ll be an excuse: “If we can use solid-state storage devices to recover our systems much more quickly, what’s our incentive to build out an elaborate DR/BC program?”
It’s funny, I remember studying about the inner workings of solid state memory while getting my undergraduate degree in the early 1990s way before “solid state” as we know it today was cool. Maybe it’s just my perception, but this technology seems a bit late to the game. I like what solid state storage stands for and brings to the table but given where we are in other areas of technology, it’s just not all that exciting.
Maybe my perception will change once I get my hands on some of this hardware.