Imagine clicking on a program and having it load instantly. That’s the power of SSDs, which are over 15x faster than conventional hard drives. In a business environment, this is key because team members are using their computers all day, every day, for virtually every type of task and multitask. When everyone is able to work faster, your organisation can move faster.
Today’s mobile salesforce is constantly on the go, yet constrained by limited battery life. SSDs are 2x more energy efficient than hard drives, which is the difference between a laptop’s battery lasting an entire flight or powering down midway through.
Since SSDs don’t have small moving parts, they’re significantly more durable than hard drives, which can’t withstand as much wear and tear. This is important because mobile workers are often traveling and luggage gets tossed around. If a computer gets dropped or jostled before a major client presentation, the hard drive can fail, but the structural design of an SSD allows it to keep working.
Everything stored on business systems is vulnerable to hackers, thieves, and the competition. Hard drives typically support just software-based encryption, which can easily get hacked and dismantled. A better way to protect sensitive data is to encrypt it at the hardware level on an SSD, since this comes standard on most drives.
Not only do SSDs enhance laptops and desktops, but they’re even more powerful in servers because they fuel everyone in the organisation through virtualised applications, operating systems, databases, online transaction processing, and more.
In most organisations, files live on servers and the idea is that everyone can access what they need at any given time. However, the problem is that hundreds to thousands of people are often trying to simultaneously access data, which stretches hard drive performance beyond its limits. When hard drives are replaced with SSDs, everyone in the organisation can quickly access what they need to get things done.
When virtualised applications and operating systems are stored on enterprise SSDs, they perform significantly faster. SSDs also help minimise boot storms, while increasing the numbers of VMs you can run.
Enterprise SSDs make it possible to process a dizzying 2.5 million database transactions per minute and over 500,000 orders per minute on Microsoft® SQL Server 2014.3 Compare that to a test of enterprise-grade hard drives, which were only able to process 53,220 database transactions per minute.4
By improving the performance of existing servers, you can use fewer servers, which means savings on annual database software licenses that often cost more than 25x per server per year.5 Not only can SSDs cut license costs, but since they’re more energy efficient, they reduce the need for cooling, which can result in additional savings.
As more and more organisations make the move to SSDs, the pace of business has increased. Customers and team members expect instant access to whatever it is they’re looking for. With SSDs, you can help deliver it – and boost your team’s profits and performance in the process. Still skeptical? Try just one SSD and see what happens to your productivity. Then multiply that by every server and member of your team. The result? Your productive potential.
Choosing the right SSD for your client systems is all about figuring out what’s important to your organisation. When considering a move to SSDs, which two factors are most important?