Earlier this year, InfoWorld’s Paul Venezia penned Good-bye – and good riddance – to spinning disk. In it, he laments the continued use of “ancient storage technology” and foresees “a post-storage world” where the industry is “devoid of the painfully outdated yet ubiquitous spinning disk.”
His take fits our view that hard disks are headed the way of the floppy though he says that in some scenarios, HDDs will be used like the way tape is used today. I suppose the alternative is simply recycling.
Venezia says “rethinking centralized storage is a necessary part of this transition [to all SSD].” He is right, but you also have to rethink how you evaluate SSD storage solutions too. Innovation is making hardware dumb and software smart. SSD hardware in the enterprise is fast becoming a commodity and prices are falling in line with that movement. More important than the media itself when comparing your SSD options, software capabilities should trump hardware. Focusing too much on hardware and not enough on the software platform wrapped around it introduces greater risk of quick obsolescence and the inability to adapt to changing requirements.