Kerekes, editor, StorageSearch.com
If you want to learn more about SSDs for your own personal
use or because you run your own small business - then this page is for you.
It lists consumer SSD related articles and directories - both here
on StorageSearch.com and external sites which readers have recommended to me
(in the tables on the right of this page). And just as important - these links
will steer you clear away from the complex mission critical SSD content on
StorageSearch.com which is intended for people who need to know more about
SSDs as part of how they make their living.
When did the consumer
SSD market begin?
Throughout most of
history SSDs cost
more than the average person's car or home. That's why the consumer SSD
market started long after the
If I had to pick a year from which to date the start of the
consumer SSD market - it would be 2006.
That's when awareness of
(as opposed to USB flash memory sticks) flared into the notebook market and
the first notebook PCs with genuine SSDs instead of hard drives became generally
available (to those who could afford them).
SSD market analysts
like me were writing about the (then) "future" consumer SSD market a
year or so before that time - and enterprising individuals were setting up SSD
business units and founding companies to design products for the consumer SSD
market from around 2004 / 5.
How good are consumer SSDs?
won't find anyone more enthusiastic about solid state storage than me. But -
here's an important sanity check.
Even the very best consumer SSDs
available today are vastly inferior in
reliability to the
best SSDs in the enterprise
I'm not trying to put you off. I'm just stating a fact.
that case - you may well ask - what's so great about consumer SSDs?
- if SSDs cost the same as
hard drives then nobody
would buy the hard drives unless they were going to rip them apart to use as
artwork (I have seen it done and encourage you to destroy your old HDDs too as a
cheap form of disk
sanitization) or unless they intended to use the HDDs in a nostalgic
computer restoration project, or as a working exhibit in a computer museum.
reasons for using SSDs in the consumer world today are the same as they've
always begin - and were part of the value propositions which gave birth to the
entire market concept.
Consumer SSDs can provide a superior user
experience or enable the product designer to do things which were previously
technically impossible. Here are some examples of what you can do with the best
consumer SSDs compared to the best HDDs.
- SSDs are much faster - when booting and in complex operations like games
and creating video or presentations
- SSDs use less power - longer battery life, less heat on your lap and less
need for noisy fans
That's it for now. I hope you find the links on
this page useful.
- SSDs can fit into smaller physical spaces
|what's the market for
Plextor's PCIe SSD?|
|Editor:- April 7, 2014 - I asked Plextor's virtual
marketing representative in the US - Andrew Erickson at
Alaniz Marketing to tell me more
about Plextor's thinking about routes to market for their entry level (Gen2)
PCIe SSD market
offering - the
|He said - "The M6e is marketed directly to
consumers as an end-user upgrade and mostly via newegg and major e-tailers."
Andrew went on to say - "Plextor is definitely moving into the
enterprise space and we're expecting to see a couple of read intensive and
multi-use ssd products later this year. It sounds like some of the enterprise
firmware advances may already be evident in the M6e - though it's not being
marketed in that way. I have seen some Plextor drives sold in high end gaming
rigs, but I'm not aware of current plans to sell OEM at this time."
| "Consumer products
are moving more and more towards that touch of artificial intelligence
and in particular speaking to your devices and having your voice sent
off to the cloud, recognised and analyzed on good computers there and
|Steve Wozniak -
and Chief Scientist - Fusion-io
in the article -
deluge - the need for speed
(September 28, 2012)
|| OK - let's start again from the
famed rational policy based decision making processes (when it came to
expensive stuff) had gone out the window at the cake shop because they all
looked equally scrumptious and affordable and he kept changing his mind about
what he wanted.
| In November 2002 - Bill
Gates, talking about Tablet PC's said:-|
"There are also a lot of
peripherals that need to improve here. ...Eventually even the so-called solid
state disks will come along and not only will we have the mechanical disks going
down to 1.8 inch but some kind of solid state disk in the next three to four
years will be part of different Tablet PCs."
| It's over 10 years
since StorageSearch.com began to focus on the special challenges that flash
wear-out posed for designers of SSDs - as the requirements for high performance
SSDs began to push up against the endurance limits of flash memory and move into
new acceleration roles...|
|SSD endurance myths
and legends - the saga continues (in 3D)|