As Solid-state drives (SSDs) continued to outpace hard disk drive (HDD) sales by a wide margin last year these days they are even more popular, according to industry reports. A a storage industry publisher, Infostor claims that shipments of SSDs grew by 82 percent in 2013 to 57 million units. There is a 50 percent increase forecast this year with an expectation that shipments in 2017 will hit nearly 190 million units.

Infostor based its information on reports from IHS, a technology analysis and information provider. The SSD totals still are much smaller than the HDD market, which is huge, but slowing. Infostor reported HDD shipments of 444 million last year. That’s a 7 percent decline from the previous year. The forecast for 2017 annual sales is for another sharp falloff to 397 million units.

Shipments of SSDs Grew by 80 Percent

Solid-state drive

A solid-state drive (SSD) is a new generation of storage device used in modern day computers. SSDs replace traditional hard disks by using flash-based memory, which is significantly faster due to their low read-access times and fast throughputs. SSD use a simple memory chip called NAND flash memory, which has no moving parts and near-instant access times. SSD adoption began in high-performance technology areas and in enthusiasts’ PCs, where the drives’ extremely low access times and high throughput justified the higher cost.

Types of SSDs

mSATA III, SATA III, and traditional SSDs use Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) which is an older interface that was designed specifically for storage. SATA is slowly being phased out by NVME, which is significantly faster.

PCIe and NVMe SSDs gives you high bandwidth and low latency, making it ideal when you need blazing-fast communication between the SSD and your CPU/RAM. SSDs that use this connection type are based on the Nonvolatile Memory Express standard (NVMe), which offers higher input output per second (IOPS) and even lower latency than SATA .

6 Billion More Net Connections

Sales of Internet-connected devices are expected to move past 6 billion per year in 2014, according to IHS. That’s a 6 percent rise from 2013 when 5.82 billion units were sold. The increase comes from sales of a wide variety of devices, including cellphones, tablets, computers, and computers, online gaming platforms, Internet-connected TVs and set-top boxes.

The improved growth this year, of the connected devices industry, marks the return of higher production as manufacturers deliver various connectivity equipment to users. The social media consumers demand always-on connectivity, it’s little surprise that makers will continue to turn out such devices to keep buyers engaged.

SSDs need maintenance for best performance. Never use a traditional defragmentation tool on an SSD; it’s not required and could actually be harmful and use TRIM to ensure your SSD runs fast. TRIM is a command that tells your SSD which data blocks can be erased after being used, thus improving performance and extending its lifespan.