SSD Application Classes: How greater Understanding Enables Enhanced Storage
There is no doubt that SSDs are here to stay. As the compute paradigm migrates from desktops and laptops to mobile devices and cloud storage, developers have been forced to judge storage solutions beyond the simple dollar per gigabyte (GB) metric to more sophisticated yardsticks based on specific applications and their associated data types. NAND flash, the non-volatile storage media in SSDs, has enabled the move away from hard drive physical and mechanical limitations due to their spinning platters. This gives SSD manufacturers several design degrees of freedom to optimize their solutions based on the application at hand.