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The 10 Hottest SSD And Flash Storage Products Of 2021 (So Far)

Flash storage continues to mature as vendors including Dell EMC, IBM, Infinidat, and Pure Storage adopt the latest technologies, including NVMe, aimed at either fostering increased performance or increased security.

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Flash Storage: Speed Not Always Top Consideration

The storage industry remains one of the mainstays of the IT industry even as the demand for storage changes. Storage purchasing decisions are no longer determined by performance alone, but instead are increasingly based on what businesses need for their particular--and constantly changing--situations.

Performance is still a primary consideration, but more in terms of not looking for the best performance but for the right performance for the job. With flash storage, that translates into which type of flash technology is used, whether it is the fastest flash modules to get extreme high performance or consumer-grade flash to get high performance but with capacity and price characteristics similar to those of spinning disks.

There are other considerations as well. Cybersecurity and ransomware protection, for instance, are increasingly built into the SSDs or the flash storage drives or systems businesses purchase, or the devices may be ruggedized for protection against harsh environments.

Flash storage vendors were busy during the first half of 2021 looking for new ways to address changing business and consumer requirements. To see some of the advances offered in flash storage technology to meet these new needs, turn the page.

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