It’s been quite an eventful past year (2013) for SSDs. Here’s a quick recap of some of the observations we made at Kroll Ontrack:
- Sales of SSD and other flash devices increase as prices continue to decrease (storage capacity increased) and aligns more closely with HDD
- Kroll Ontrack has seen flash media recoveries grow to nearly 10% of all our recoveries this year.
- Ontrack Data Recovery engineers were challenged with new drive formats, such as hybrid drives, which contain both SSD and spinning drive components
- The increasingly popular hybrid drive promotes operation optimization – storing more frequently accessed hot data on the faster SSD and less accessed data on the slower spinning portion of the drive or utilize the flash-based portion as a cache.
- The myth about SSDs being immune to data loss was completely put to rest – Heck, the Flash Memory Summit show even have a Data Recovery track in 2013 further proving that no one is exempt from this!
Predicting trends for 2014 is a little tricky because when you’ve been in the data recovery business long enough, you know things change on an almost 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 ensuring higher adoption rates
- Continued consolidation in the form of big player SSD manufacturers gobbling up the smaller ones
- 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% increase is my prediction