Flash storage describes any device or system that uses flash memory. It's a broad term that can describe anything from a simple USB flash drive to a complex enterprise system that uses flash memory ("flash RAM") as part of the storage system.
Flash Storage in the Enterprise
In the enterprise NAND, a type of flash technology, is changing fundamentals in computing and storage systems and flash memory in the enterprise is believed to reduce energy consumption of storage systems. Unlike a physical hard disk drive (HDD) , NAND do not require as much space and SSDs built with NAND technology provide a high level of performance in enterprise storage systems.
Flash Storage in Consumer Technology
In consumer technology, mobile devices, including phones, digital cameras, music players and tablets also rely heavily on flash-based storage. These devices use flash chips instead of a hard drive for storage.
The shift to using flash chips in place of hard drives has a number of benefits, including size, power and energy consumption as flash tends to reduce heat and in turn requires less cooling. The downside to flash storage is cost. Compared to traditional hard disk drives, flash storage is much more expensive.
Because nothing says "I Love You" Like an open source app. Read More »Guarding your Data against Cyber Attacks
In this new era of heightened stakes comes an increased need for a comprehensive security strategy. Let's take a look at how cyber-threats have... Read More »The Great Data Storage Debate: Is Tape Dead?
Tape clearly is on the decline. But remember, legacy systems can hang for a shockingly long time. Read More »
A network is a group of two or more computer systems or devices, linked together to share resources, exchange files and electronic communications.... Read More »Computer Architecture Study Guide
This Webopedia study guide describes the different parts of a computer system and their relations. Read More »Webopedia Polls
The trend for the past two years has been for shoppers to spend more online during the holiday season. How do you typically shop for holiday... Read More »
Stay up to date on the latest developments in Internet terminology with a free weekly newsletter from Webopedia. Join to subscribe now.
- Watch Datamation's editor James Maguire moderate roundtable discussions with tech experts from companies such as Accenture, Dell, Blue Jeans Network, Microsoft and more »