Solid state drives (SSDs) have been in usage for specialist applications since the 1970s, but it’s only in recent years that they have become readily available. Solid state drives are valuable for various reasons, including: they have no moving components and are hence less vulnerable to physical shock, they’re quieter, faster to run, last longer and require no power to retain data. If you’re looking for a single tech upgrade or tool that could massively boost business performance, consider upgrading to SSDs or integrating SSDs into your IT infrastructure.
Traditional hard disk drives (HDD) use moving parts; they’re basically metal plates with a magnetic coating. Every time you save and retrieve that data, the plate has to spin so the reader/writer head can access the right position on the plate.
In contrast, SSDs store data in interconnected memory chips that do not need to have power for the data to be stored. As such, the memory in SSD is much faster than HDDs. You’ll notice an absence of or smaller lag time with SSD drives. There’s also less noise and heat with this type of drive, as there is no physical movement of parts within an SSD compared to an HDD.
Solid state drives can be used as boot drives in combination with a regular HDD as a data drive. This means the most important processes (such as booting), files, and applications can have priority, and the business can save by relying on the HDD for less important processes.
Save on power costs
Solid state drives are valuable additions to power-hungry data centres. Their high bandwidth and relatively low latency means they’re perfectly placed for high-transaction databases. Rather than spending thousands of dollars trying to speed up a database, consider using an SSD to boost performance and save on costs.
Faster booting times
Slow booting times can be immensely frustrating for staff members. Solid state drives are associated with faster boots, so users can start up their computers quickly without the annoyance of delays caused by lags in booting times.
According to Storage Review, the average booting time for SSD’s versus HDD’s is:
SSD – 22 seconds average
HHD – 40 seconds average
Lower maintenance and support costs
While SSDs are still seven or eight times more expensive than traditional hard disk drives, they are well worth it as it’s likely that businesses will face lower maintenance and support costs with SSDs. The better productivity and performance outcomes associated with SSDs can mean less time on the phone with IT support staff, and lower maintenance costs for the business.
Moreover, SSDs are gradually falling in price, so they will become much more affordable in the near future.
Improve organisational performance
Solid state drives are an excellent tool for organisations that need to accelerate vital programs and processes. An SSD can help you achieve faster boot and processing times for memory-heavy apps, as well as database performance and virtual desktop infrastructure processes. Keeping the most frequently accessed files on SSDs will also help you achieve a marked improvement in playback and file-load times. In fact, it has been estimated that the file opening speed of an SSD can be as much as 30% faster than that of an HDD.
Faster data retrieval and processing times translates to better organisational performance over time. Staff can carry out their tasks with less lag time caused by delays in your technology equipment. For example, the general write/copy speed of an SSD is over 200MB/s and can get up to 550MB/s, whereas the speed of an HDD is generally considered to only be 50-120MB/s.
Improve customer service
A simple upgrade such as a switch to SSDs could result in better customer service, through better staff performance. Supporting staff with better equipment enhances performance across the organisation, which directly impacts the quality of the customer service that your clients are receiving.
Better IT equipment gives your team the best chance of getting it right the first time, which means cheaper yet more effective customer service.
Free up processing resources for other programs
One common cause of slower processes in any IT system or computer is the performance-sapping apps or programs such as antivirus or security suites. These typically activate and scan emails or documents when you’re performing certain tasks, and this can slow down processes to a considerable extent.
Sometimes the lag is so noticeable that staff members are tempted into temporarily disabling the security apps, which can mean serious security risks for the organisation. With a system supported by SSDs, it’s possible to avoid these lags as SSDs can be used to free up processing resources for other apps and programs.
Raise staff productivity
Faster computers will boost staff productivity, and allows the technology infrastructure in your business to work with your staff instead of against them. Slow computers can cause a surprising amount of frustration in employees, so by providing them with faster tools (such as SSDs), staff morale could also be raised.
Avoid delays and bottlenecks
While SSDs tend to be more expensive than HDDs, businesses can still take advantage of SSDs by using cheaper alternatives such as hybrid drives or solid state hybrid drives. These are SSD and HDD hybrid drives that utilise an SSD cache and a traditional hard disk drive. These make it faster to access data and files that are frequently accessed.