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Content Insider #247 - Flashy Storage SSD ... More Stuff than You Can Afford to Carry By Miles Weston

"Have it reconfigure the shell metals. Use the gold titanium alloy from the seraphim tactical satellite. That should ensure a fuselage integrity while while maintaining power-to-weight ratio." - "Iron Man," Paramount, 2008

After three days immersed in technical/business sessions at this year's Flash Memory Summit (FMS), we're absolutely convinced we live and work in an RDF (reality distortion field).

You know, where the impossible is so distorted that you honestly believe it's possible. 

For example, solid-state storage is absolutely replacing every other form of storage media ... now!

As William Riva said, "All right, and that's what we're trying to do, but ... honestly, it's impossible."

Flash and solid-state storage is very good--fantastic even, but there are a few issues to overcome:

- It's expensive - 10x the price of a hard drive
- Too many inexperienced people have jumped into the market - there are now about 200 "firms" selling the stuff, probably 2/3 of them repacking third-tier chips (rejects) and selling them at bargain basement prices
- All of the storage producers combined - HD, flash, tape, optical - can't make enough storage stuff to keep pace with the volume of content we create
- Not all content has the same value and not all content needs to be stored on the fastest medium we currently have available
- It's expensive


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