Solid-state drives (SSD) have definitively entered the mainstream, according to new survey results released today from the data recovery specialists at Kroll Ontrack. In fact, 92 percent of the 1,849 customers polled by the company in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific said they were using SSDs.
"Businesses and consumers continue to move toward SSD technology," noted Jeff Pederson, senior manager for data recovery at Kroll Ontrack, in a statement. "Aside from the sheer speed and reliability of solid state drives, prices have decreased to become more competitive with traditional storage."
In addition to performance gains, a significant number of users are also discovering that SSDs are also susceptible to drive failure. Thirty-eight percent of respondents told the company that they experienced an SSD failure. Of those that suffered a mishap, 23 percent reported that they lost data.
While the reasons why hard disk drives and SSDs lose data are different, the result is often the same.
"With hard drives, a bad motor or scratch in the platter can cause failure. Because there are no moving parts in SSDs, general electric failure or wear leveling failure are more common," said Pederson. "When failure leads to data loss, it's not uncommon for IT admins and consumers to utilize data recovery software to attempt recovery, as demonstrated by nearly three-quarters of respondents who took that approach."
Alternative storage technologies are also starting to have an impact on the market, found the company.
Solid-state hybrid disks (SSHDs) found a home with nearly a quarter (23 percent) of those surveyed. Helium drives, like those sold by Western Digital and now Seagate, are being used by 3 percent of respondents.
Meanwhile, SSD is continuing its takeover of both the consumer and enterprise storage markets.
"Advanced storage technologies are certainly expanding at the enterprise level, but SSD growth continues to dominate the current market," said Todd Johnson, vice president, data and storage technologies at Kroll Ontrack," in a statement. "In fact, 80 percent of survey respondents indicated SSD use in laptops and mobile devices, nearly two-thirds in desktops, and 23 percent in servers."
Few respondents, just 5 percent, don't use SSD in any capacity, continued Johnson. Of those, half said that costs kept them from making the switch. "Given the known performance benefits and decreasing costs, we expect continued rise in adoption," he added.
Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.