How popular is the 3.5" format for
SSDs? - by Zsolt
It has changed over time. A decade ago it was
the most popular form factor out of the
hard disk sizes.
That level of interest has declined (partly due to fragmentation
because there are more form factors for enterprise SSDs such as
PCIe slots and
nevertheless 3.5 inch form factor SSDs remained in the
top 20 SSD
articles on StorageSearch.com in June 2016.
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
If a user has been
deploying SSDs in their datacenter for 5 to 10 years already - they will have a
different set of ideas about product preferences to another user who has less
experience and less confidence about SSDs.