Saving Money with Solid State Drives

Tuesday Nov 24th 2009 by Drew Robb

SSDs may cost a fortune, but used properly, they can actually save money in enterprise storage arrays.

Solid state (SSD) and flash drives are everywhere, thanks to high performance and falling prices. SSD prices are still an order of magnitude or two above that of hard disk drives, but data storage vendors nonetheless seem to have grasped how to present the concept so it sells.

Still, recent news of order delays at EMC (NYSE: EMC) — the largest customer of enterprise SSD maker STEC (NASDAQ: STEC) — suggest that SSD adoption might not be quite as rapid as its biggest proponents had hoped. But the sales growth has still been impressive, even more so considering that it's occurred in the worst recession since the 1930s.

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