• Solid-state drives — from bespoke to commodity


    Ben Myers

    By Ben Myers

    Solid-state drives (SSDs) have a surprisingly long history, leading up to the types commonly in use today.

    It takes some planning and analysis to make best use of them, but significant improvements in speed and reliability over electromechanical hard drives make SSD investments worthwhile.

    For this article, let’s stick with name brands such as Crucial, SK hynix, Kioxia, Samsung, SanDisk, and Western Digital — all with comparable performance levels. Note that SK hynix acquired Intel’s SSD business, SanDisk is now a subsidiary of Western Digital, and Kioxia is a spinoff of Toshiba.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.21.0, 2022-05-23).