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Eventually SSD tech will eclipse HDD tech, but I suspect that shift is still quite a ways ahead of us.
What about long term data storage? SSD vs HDD?
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post #22 of 37
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Originally Posted by btupsx View Post

Consolidation, consolidation everywhere.
I see a ticket for the fast lane. HP-SanDisk memristor alliance definitely hit the nail on the head.
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You all make a point of price vs. storage, but 90% of consumers don't need 2TB of storage. Like we always say most people just want to upload photos, browse the internet, check social media, use a word processor check email, watch Netflix etc etc. You don't need 2TB for that. A 256GB or 500 GB SSD is perfect for most people. And well worth the extra cost IMO. A drive that isn't subject to mechanical failure is another big advantage.

But on the other hand we are shooting pictures and videos at higher resolutions and fps. 4k is slowly making its way into digital movie distribution too. Storage was originally created to save calculations, then text, applications, images, videos etc. What if the a revised google glass or something similar is the next big thing, and it allows people to save every moment of their life and google has found a way to sort through that video? The storage demand would skyrocket.

There will always be a place for huge capacity HDD's, as there still is one for tape.
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Hopefully they don't screw with the flash memory cards and if they do, hopefully it's only the lower tier cards that aren't that great to begin with.
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Well tbh, I think they will keep the name more for the consumer market, but not for the enterprise market.

They have their HGST name, which aims more at the enterprise sectors. So with sandisk tech, they can offer more solutions for faster storage, and reach to a markets sandisk has been really struggling to enter.

Also sandisk has a huge name in the flash memory cards, so they might keep the name, because if the consumer suddenly see WD branded memory cards, it will be almost a brand new entry to the market, and consumers will not be so quickly to buy.

I doubt sandisk will operate independently. I'm sure WD will force a few cuts here and there, or promote WD execs into sandisk, or force R&D on things WD is more interested in, or work on sandisk's manufacturing process which is currently struggling. But hopefully some departments will stay intact.

i am sure they will fold the Sandisk name in with Western Digital. As for the naming of the enterprise market. Western digital is pretty much out of the actual enterprise level. The 2 major players in DataCenter are EMC(now Dell) and NetApp. Another thing is enterprises are steadily making the shift away from spinning disks towards SSD's for numerous factors. When you can get 1 Petabyte into a 1 RU form factor that reduces the overall cost of real estate, power, and environmental. Now where it will get really interesting is the patents that Sandisk has and the revenue from those.
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i just want cheaper 4TB HDDs thumb.gif
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post #27 of 37
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i just want cheaper 4TB HDDs thumb.gif

Forget the HDDs, I want good, affordable 4TB SSDs.
     
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post #28 of 37
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I know there are SanDisk branded SSDs, but I dont think the drives use any actual SanDisk developed components inside do they? This sale would be more about the flash storage I think.

I believe they are using Toshiba NAND with Sandforce controllers.
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Forget the HDDs, I want good, affordable 4TB SSDs.

not any time soon
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Eventually SSD tech will eclipse HDD tech, but I suspect that shift is still quite a ways ahead of us.
What about long term data storage? SSD vs HDD?

Technology will just bet better. Neither is a "better" solution for long term. I think for long term you are looking at holographic data storage. I dont think SSD will ever match HDD in GB/$ but at some point you will be able to buy 2TB SSD and it will be enough for 95% of people out there for some cheap even if you could get 10 TB HDD it would not matter.
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