Flash storage was part of the Apple iPod when it first debuted in 2005, followed later by iPhone, Android devices and others. The unique attributes associated with this type of storage allowed this major change to happen since flash lead to smaller, lighter, more resilient mobile devices.
In fact, flash is one the key ingredients that ushered in the explosion of mobile devices around the world. On the other hand storage has become an integral part in any IT operations, which in turn greatly affects the functions of many businesses. Of particular importance is the growth of flash storage among enterprises. In the struggle between hard disk drives (HDD) and solid-state drives (SSD), currently flash is starting to pull ahead. It may seem as it have been a long time coming, but flash storage has emerged as a powerful component back in mid 80’s. While hard disk drives have been the dominant for decades, SSDs have been around for a very long time, but with the price tag. As the mainstream mobile devices exploded worldwide flash storage became more widely used.
As we continued to use flash storage products, more businesses were employing flash in their own IT departments and technology became improved. Hard disk drives went through a similar evolution as they became cheaper to manufacture during mid and late 90’s. Flash storage is currently going through that same process. Consumers are demanding better performance, and businesses want to be in a position to deliver it to them. This evolution turned flash storage into a preferred alternative to hard disk drives. Read more at DZone.