How popular is the 3.5" format for
SSDs? - by Zsolt
It has declined. 7 years ago it was the most
popular form factor out of the
hard disk sizes.
Nowadays - in 2013 -
3.5" SSDs are way down the monthly charts the top SSD topics
viewed by our readers (although still in the top 30).
inch form factor SSDs are a niche market - historically this form factor
revealed a lot about the different types of application for high performance
storage drives in legacy servers. In the 3.5" package we used to find
flash based SSDs
RAM SSDs competing for
slots, often with exactly the same interfaces. You can see some examples of
current and past 3.5" SSDs below. For other form factors see the listings
Solid State Disks
BiTMICRO was one of the earliest companies to talk
realistically about deploying flash SSDs in the
market - and published articles and case studies supporting this view.
In a 2004
case study BiTMICRO showed how a single 3.5" flash SSD speeded up a
25,000 user server by 15x compared to the previous hard disk system.
BiTMICRO ad (below) shows an SSD which the company started shipping in
November 2008 and
advertised here in