Debates over solid state drives (SSDs) versus hard disk drives (HDDs) are numerous and, for the most part, tend to confuse the potential impact SSDs will have on real-world PC performance.
To elucidate this impact and to determine where today's drive technologies excel and where they don't, IDC partnered with a third party, independent laboratory to compare and contrast different storage devices, including traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs), and hybrid disk drives (H-HDDs), in a single setting, under a common set of tests, and with identical computing platforms.
Some of the results from this benchmark study were predictable, while others were unexpected. To find out, check out IDC's special report, Benchmarking Storage Options for PCs: The Results are in! Exposing the Strengths and Weaknesses of HDDs, SSD, and Hybrids (Doc #213285). This report explores the performance differences between HDDs, SSDs, and H-HDDs.
Key Questions Answered
1. How does the performance of each storage technology compare with each other against industry benchmarks and various real-life performance settings?
2. When and where does each technology fail to meet the performance mark?
3. What applications are most appropriate for each technology?
4. How should companies decide which storage technology is best for their application?
Gain an understanding of the future market opportunities for traditional HDDs, SSDs, and hybrid HDDs
Invest wisely, by choosing the most appropriate storage device for OEM products
Plan appropriately and integrate effectively
Discover the salient metrics on which drive vendors must focus