Solid state drives and hard disk options becoming more popular
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Solid state drives and hard disk options becoming more popular

As organizations find ways to increase the size of their databases while reducing the overall time and money needed to maintain them, these entities seek out alternative storage solutions for sensitive files. However, there are ways of consolidating information caches without resorting to offsite or third-party hosts, namely through better utilization of solid state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs), which are offering better performance and lower price tags every year.

Affordability meets flexibility
According to Computerworld, the overall price per gigabyte of storage space on SSD devices dropped below one dollar in just over a year, from roughly $3 to less than $1 on average. Read and write times have increased, as has the depth of individual drives, resulting in a method of long term storage that is reliable and safe compared to keeping archives in active resources like virtualized servers or cloud deployments. On top of that, cost of ownership for these tools has plunged nearly one-fourth in the last year, according to Dynamite Data, an analytics and media monitoring company.

The price of HDD tools may fall even further in 2013, FierceCIO reported, as companies like Western Digital continue to try to get back on their feet. These entities, based in regions hard hit by natural disasters, are not producing at the same rate as they were in 2010, so when their products start to roll out again next year, the source stated that price points may fall yet again. Making these resources affordable will allow businesses to cash in on scalable, cost-efficient technology that can help them withstand the big data surge.

Corsair and Intel have made major inroads in creating high-capacity secure SSD storage that make enterprise-level operations more fluid. TechRadar reported that the new wave of chips from these manufacturers focuses on bigger capacities as well as faster operating speeds. Input/output per second (IOPS) on some of Corsair's newest chipsets allows for read/write levels previously impossible to obtain, but for the casual user, that won't make much difference. These companies are now designing with big data in mind, coming up with faster and more intuitive use of hardware that won't make a perceptible difference in turnover time for companies handling massive volumes of information at a time.

Winning combinations
Another trend bolstering HDD and SSD sales has been the debut and improvement of hybrid drive tools, InformationWeek wrote. These resources allow for the combination of multiple kinds of memory tools, creating speed and efficiency in systems that might otherwise be lacking. For instance, the caching and retrieval times on some HDD utilities leaves much to be desired when compared with the immediacy of online interactions, making the cloud more viable for those who frequently request data from mobile or remote locations. By coupling solid-state machines with faster flash memory, though, important files can be accessed much more quickly and with better accuracy, the source stated.

What's more, flash coupled with HDD or SSD can facilitate better security. Encrypted drives may be impossible for hackers to read, but isolating keys for legitimate users can require arduous sorting and application of these unique codes in order to perform basic system reviews. By creating a flash memory set for the keys on their own, when a drive is activated, it can be fed the right information to unlock the encryption, but only authorized users will be able to utilize these methods. In this way, hybrid solid-state resources can be coupled with faster memory to maximum effect.