Don’t throw out or resell that old server, hard disk drive, or solid state drive just yet: unless you’ve taken the proper precautions to ensure the data is unrecoverable, you could be putting your business and personal information at risk of theft. A recent study of storage devices resold on Craigslist found that a staggering 67% still contained personal information and 11% contained business information. This study highlights the importance of making sure your company’s old storage devices are properly cleared before disposal or resale. Read More
Faster and less-expensive solid state drives stand to change the mechanical storage expectations of the modern data center. Current connection standards are creating a performance bottleneck that is unable to keep pace with SSD speed gains. To combat this problem, storage device manufacturers are looking at new ways of connecting storage devices to computer systems. Read More
A new approach to constructing solid state drive technology is chipping away at advantages formerly held by hard disc drives. Up until 2016, computers and servers could get more in storage from a traditional hard disc drive than a solid state drive when accounting for the physical size of the device. According to Forbes this is no longer the case, as manufacturers can now build flash memory storage devices that store more data in less space than a traditional hard drive. However, should your data center immediately exchange all of its existing HDDs for SSDs? Most likely not. Read More
Solid State Drives, as a data storage option, offer incredible gains in access speed over traditional Hard Disk Drives, but flash-based storage is still a long way off from completely replacing disk-based storage in data centers. While SSD technology continues to improve and prices are falling quickly, manufacturers are also making incredible advances in traditional Hard Disk Drive development. The HDD advances are far more applicable to large-scale data storage operations including data centers and cloud services because of the sheer massive amounts of data they can store at a comparatively inexpensive rate. Read More
After a major technology upgrade like a data center move or replacing company computers, your business may acquire a large number of decommissioned data storage devices loaded with confidential information. Instead of leaving the HDDs and SSDs in your unused systems around as an accident waiting to happen, the proactive choice is to make sure the data stored on those devices is no longer accessible. Read More
The performance improvements solid state drives have over hard disk drives make the flash-based storage devices sound like an ideal upgrade for your business’ data center. However, the speed boost you experience when you swap out the HDD with a SSD on your personal computer may not translate into the same positive experience on a server. Read More
For decades, hard drives have ruled data centers as the only viable, cost-efficient way to store data. However, innovations like 3D NAND technology raise the amount of memory that can be stored in a single chip, lowering the overall cost per GB for solid state drives (SSDs). With renewed competition, SSDs are becoming cheaper than ever before, as prices are expected to cut in half by the end of 2015. Now that cheap, large SSDs are becoming so prevalent, is it time for companies to consider SSDs for their data center?