Storage device form factors come and go – remember hearing “Wow! How’d they do that?!” at the dawn of 3.5-inch drives? – but some have more staying power than others. This holds particularly true in the industrial-embedded space, which doesn’t follow the same rules as the consumer and enterprise markets do.
For decades, industrial-embedded designers have placed far more emphasis on storage systems’ durability, data protection ad resistance to harsh environments than on the easier-to-quantify speeds and feeds of off-the-shelf drives. In fact, they’d select drives whose lower capacities would cause head-scratching among consumer/enterprise system designers. Likewise with form factors; while mainstream storage was standardizing on 3.5 then 2.5-inch drives, industrial-embedded designers were going with all sorts of shapes and sizes – determined principally by the best fit for their decidedly non-mainstream systems.
Then, a fresh “face” 1.8-inch form factor came on to the scene – smaller, yes, but the drives also draw less energy and generate less heat. Those attributes were and still are crucial for the myriad space-constrained and power-sensitive embedded, IIoT and M2M designs to which Virtium provides its industrial-grade SSDs. The 1.8-inch form factor also means that applications that can accommodate SSDs of that size don’t have to unnecessarily sacrifice capacity. Add to all those pluses the ruggedness and industrial-temperature (I-Temp) support Virtium offers in its StorFly® family of SSDs, and the 1.8-inch form factor checks all the boxes!
Despite the storage industry’s never-ending quest for packing more capacity into less area, the 1.8-inch will remain strong in embedded, IIoT and M2M applications for some time to come. And Virtium is here to continue to offer those drives with its industry leading long product life cycle.