Welcome to the world of Solid State Drives

The pace of business in today’s world is faster than it has ever been before. Clients not only want access to up to date info, they want it immediately. The question remains, how can a small business afford to accommodate these demands and maximize client retention?

Welcome to the world of Solid State Drives, where access to data is as close to instantaneous as it has ever been. This technology once reserved for those with a fat wallet, is now more affordable than ever. In fact, not only is it affordable, it may actually save you money.

According to SanDisk, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, Americans will save 4.9 days per year with a SSD in their computer verses an older slower hard drive. This is due to a couple key factors. According to their research, the “Windows Boot Time” will be 3.5x faster, and the “Average App Load/Response Time” will be 23x faster than a standard 7200RPM drive.

For some businesses that may mean that an invoice and credit card payment that once took 20 seconds, may now take only a couple seconds. For another business the result may mean instant access to a patients chart verses waiting 20-30 seconds per patient. Whatever your business model looks like, it will mean more productive employees.

This benefit is only the tip of the iceberg. Another key factor is the MTBF or Mean Time Between Failure, which is an industry standard factor. A 7200RPM MTBF is about 750,000 hours, where an SSD MTBF can be 2,000,000 hours. That’s an increase of more than 60% for the life for your hard drive. This means less downtime, a longer computer life cycle, reduced IT and repair costs, improved reliability, and so on.

Many of our clients have taken full advantage of these benefits and are already reaping the reward. With a common business pc and an average amount of data, we are typically able to migrate to an SSD in 30 minutes or less. What are you waiting for?

Other notes/factors:
Power usage reduced by 80%.
Noise output of hard drive reduced from 27dB, to 0dB (no moving parts).
Shock resistance increased from 350G @ 0.5ms, to 1500G @ 0.5ms.

References:
http://www.sandisk.com/goto/SSDupgrade/Downloads/Infographic_SSD_vs_HDD.pdf
http://www.sandisk.com/goto/SSDupgrade/
http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/440573-how-much-time-you-are-losing-without-an-ssd-infographic