Why Flash Storage Takes a Step Forward

It’s part of our everyday life. It’s in our smartphones, our laptops, and our servers. We make hard drives and memory cards out of it. We rely on flash storage to hold our valuable data and keep it safe because of its greater robustness and durability compared to traditional storage media that uses optical lasers or magnetic platters. Modern flash storage, to put it simply, is faster and less prone to failure than other storage technologies. 

The downside to it has always been cost and size. Flash storage costs more than its competitors and can’t hold as much data. Recently, however, tech giants like Samsung and Intel have been challenging the status quo by exploring new methods of placing the cells that comprise Flash storage vertically instead of the traditional horizontally; this allows a greater density of storage capacity than ever before. How much greater? Samsung’s PM1633a hard drive holds 16 terabytes of data in its flash memory, a fourfold increase over other solid-state hard drives using flash storage available on the market. 

For right now, these technological breakthroughs come with a price tag to match. While there isn’t yet an official price for the PM1633a, some tech experts expect it to …

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