NVMe vs SSD > Storage State of Union

Just when you think computers couldn’t get any faster, the industry releases a new form of technology that is better in all possible aspects. The most recent change occurred within the computer storage sector, offering industry-leading speed for a surprisingly affordable price, known as Solid State Drives (SSD), along with even faster flash storage memory technology, known as Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe). While both are revolutionary forms of speedy storage technology, there are many key components that separate the two into their own categories. Today, we take a deeper look at the two computer storage options to determine what these new state-of-the-art technologies bring to the table.

The Storage Power Behind SSD

Solid State Drives (SSD) are non-volatile flash memories used in place of a traditional hard drive. A key component to SSD drives is that they don’t have an actuator arm like traditional hard-disk drives need in order to read and write data. In fact, SSD drives have zero moving parts, which contributes largely to their name “solid state”, as well as their low failure rate, impeccably fast speed, and lightweight. Instead, SDD use memory chips (typically NAND) to read and write data via an electric charge.

In terms of performance, SSD drives don’t fall short in this realm either. Computers using SSD drives boot and shut down significantly faster than those without; they respond quicker to demands, opening applications within seconds; have higher transfer rates, low to zero delays and ultimately work more smoothly, with zero noise.

How NVMe Storage Comes into Play

NVMe storage devices are non-volatile memory expresses, which is different from flash memory drives. Instead, NVMe storage is a communications interface for host control and storage protocol, designed to enhance the transfer process of data between different systems and SSDs. It is not a storage drive, but rather, a component built to further improve the power of an SSD.
When compared to Serial Attach SCSI and Serial ATA, despite offering a plethora of bandwidth for hard drives, SSDs are still the fastest option, especially when combined with NVMe, with the largest capacity being up to 2TB.
NVMe drives are currently available in various forms, with the two most common ones being M.2 and PCI Express add-in cards. These can be used to update an older system or device to add extra storage space and to enhance the overall performance of the system.

The Exponential Benefits of NVMe SSDs

SSDs offer a wide array of benefits. When combined with NMVe, the benefits get even greater. However, the benefits go far beyond the fast speeds offered and extend well into the following:
• Available in various shapes and sizes
• More versatile than alternative options
• Longer lifespan than traditional hard drives
• Malfunction far less than traditional hard drives
• Small and lightweight
• Less heat buildup
• Ability to read and write data at impeccable speeds
• No moving parts to eliminate lifespan limitations
• Highly durable and reliable
• Becoming increasingly more affordable

The Specific Benefits of NVMe

While NVMe storage is a component of SSDs, it’s crucial to understand the specific benefits that they offer, as not all SSDs come with them. In fact, there are several choices you have when it comes to SSDs, with NVMe being considered one of the best for several reasons, including but not limited to the following:
• Reduction in time and cost, due to the fast speed
• Built to withstand “Big Data” and relational databases with heavy workloads
• Faster speeds allow for decisions to be made in real-time and decision-based
• Quicker job completion
• Maximize the number of requests sent to an SSD
• Receive multiple requests from different processor cores
• Reduce total cost of ownership for mobilized businesses

Both SSD and NVMe are compelling forms of technology that make even the fastest (or slowest) devices even faster. Since their release, alternative options have continued to be displaced, due to the speed, lower total cost of ownership and performance enhancement. So, whether you choose to input an SSD or an NVMe SSD, the benefits are unlike anything the tech industry has seen before.

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