Yes, you read that right. IBM said it is testing a 4-terabyte high-speed solid-state drive array targeted at the enterprise, as the technology giant gives its imprimatur to flash-memory-based storage.
For years, flash memory cards–the first mass-market SSDs–have been limited to digital cameras and music players like the iPod. But SSDs are now poised to hit technological critical mass in terms of storage capacity, speed, and availability as they find their way into everything ranging from tiny netbooks to massive enterprise storage arrays.
Corporates and enterprise are already spoilt with choice to select what kind of drives and servers (RAIDS or SAN), UPS and backup solutions to use, and now with solid state drive again?
New laptops are already equiped with solid state drives these days (at least those from Dell). However, my personal and company laptops are still running E-SATA hard drives while my old personal desktop is still on PATA (IDE). If you ask me what solid state drive is and how the performance is, honesty, I have no clue.
Just like the quad core speed and performance battle between Intel and AMD, I don’t really know what the details are and don’t see these changes necessary to perform my daily operations.
You can read more about hard disk technologies and designs from wikipedia.