The emergence of solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) technology provides a way for users to get more performance from their machines, run richer applications and make stronger contributions to the organisation. SSHDs combine a small, fast and affordable amount of NAND flash memory with a traditional hard drive.
NAND flash memory is a proven storage technology that has been used extensively in digital camera memory cards, USB thumb drives and MP3 players. It also became popular for high-performance SSD laptop computer storage to use NAND flash.
However, the secret to getting the best of both worlds is to use solid state only for what it does best — deliver lightning speed — and combine it with the complementary strengths of hard disc drives (low cost, high capacity, proven reliability).
Self-learning software algorithms make laptop hardware, firmware and high-speed SLC NAND flash work together. The software monitors data usage dynamically and determines what data should be copied to the flash.