In terms of Shipments
There is a perception in the technology industry that SSDs are smaller and consume less power and that solid-state drives (SSDs) are replacing mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs). This is clearly a reasonable judgment.
In terms of Principles
Basically, HDDs read and write data from spinning platters, which need to be cycled on and off during data processing, while SSDs store data on smaller ICs that don’t use spinning platters. It’s about performance. It’s important.
In terms of Size
SSDs that aren’t attached to spinning hard drives can be as small as postage stamps and have different storage capacities, making SSDs more flexible for small devices like cell phones or wireless video cameras. Accessing data SSDs doesn’t require much power or time to spin up and process data. Therefore, they use less energy. This also reduces heat output, reducing bottlenecks when storing data.
In terms of Enterprise Usage
However, SSDs are still relatively more expensive today. HDDs are still an inexpensive option for some devices. In the long run, however, the cost differential for enterprise SSD manufacturers shouldn’t be that big. Market pricing information shows that the total cost difference between the two data center storage products is small. In mid-2020, the HDD replacement rate was around 15%, with a price difference of around 9 times.
In terms of Environmental Protection
In addition, the lower power consumption of SSDs (60% less than HDDs) is very valuable for environmental protection. If every data center in the world was dedicated to SSDs, global carbon emissions would be greatly reduced.
Currently, many technology companies are working to reduce the carbon footprint of their technology products while innovating to meet demand and pave the way for further advances.
Any effort to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions at the component level has a major impact. As more connected products and online services proliferate, better management of the energy expended on computing becomes even more important.