SSD technology has had a rather eventful 2013. We recap some trends that we have seen at Kroll Ontrack:
- With the decrease in price of SSD and other flash devices (per GB in storage) popularity has been on the increase and is closing in on the popularity of HDD technology.
- Kroll Ontrack has seen flash media recoveries grow to nearly 10 per cent of all our recoveries this year.
- There has been a rise in new drive formats, such as hybrid drives, which contain both SSD and spinning drive components which have been providing new challenges for the Kroll Ontrack engineers.
- The increasingly popular hybrid drive promotes operation optimisation – storing more frequently accessed hot data on the faster SSD and less accessed data on the slower spinning portion of the drive or utilise the flash-based portion as a cache.
- The unfounded ongoing myth about SSDs being immune to data loss was completely put to rest – Even, the Flash Memory Summit even have a Data Recovery track in 2013!
Predicting trends for 2014 is always tricky in technology industries, and given our experience in the data recovery business we know that new challenges emerge almost on a daily basis. With that said, I don’t think it’s a stretch to predict the following:
- Prices for SSDs will continue to drop and storage capacity will rise further aligning the technology with HDDs and ensuring higher adoption rates
- Continued consolidation in the form of big player SSD manufacturers purchasing their smaller rivals
- Manufacturers will start working more closely with data recovery companies to better the odds of helping their customers retain lost data
- Kroll Ontrack will see an increase in the number of SSD related data recovery scenarios – 15 per cent increase is my prediction