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SSD Drives Are Becoming The Standard For Laptops

By September 26, 2016March 2nd, 2023Blog, Technology News

ssdxdrivesSince their initial release, the smart money has been betting on the idea that SSD (Solid State Drives) would ultimately replace the aging, conventional hard drive as the storage medium of choice, especially in laptops. Why not? They’re smaller, slimmer and faster. They provide everything a power laptop user wants, and let’s face it, current hard drive technology is positively ancient. It’s long past its prime, and overdue for some kind of replacement.

SSD appears to be that replacement, and the shift is happening much more quickly than pundits have estimated. If the current trend continues, then by the end of this year, SSDs will be on track to be standard in fully one third (33%) of newly manufactured laptops.

Should the trend continue beyond this year, then the trajectory sees them as standard equipment in half of all laptops by the end of 2018. That’s a remarkable shift, and a fairly fast rate of adoption.

SSDs are obviously not perfect, however. No technology is, but they offer such vast advantages in speed, and their small form factor makes their inclusion in new laptops a no-brainer. Of course, this isn’t the absolute death knell of current hard drive technology. The one area where the current tech still holds a compelling advantage in is price.

Dollar for dollar, the existing technology can provide more storage for less money, so for the foreseeable future, data centers that deal with mass quantities of data are going to be reluctant to spend the money necessary to upgrade to SSDs, regardless of the speed advantages.

Sooner or later, though, economies of scale are going to kick in for SSD manufacturers, and much of the cost advantage that the current tech enjoys will vanish. Not long after that, the old hard drives will vanish as well. They can simply no longer keep up with today’s blindingly fast computing world.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.