The future in data storage - Solid State Flash Array Drive - SSFAD

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This post is not real estate specific but I just wanted to write about a new technology I was fortunate to beta test. Back in the day when PC's first rolled out, hard drives were small and we could never get enough RAM. It was so expensive. As the computer market grew, combined with the need to store media files, hard drives grew larger and it amazes me having a 10 Gig flash drive on our key chains is the norm.

Before the Cloud, I was running backups on external hard drives as well as storing all of my multi-media files. It seems like I always outgrew my external drive capacity so I had to keep upgrading. I know have a Western Digital 8 Terabyte dual backup cloud drive of my own which is doing well. I use this for my local backups but I also have all of my working files stored in my commercial Dropbox account.

One issue I have had is hard drives failing. Either the drive stops spinning or the computer stops reading the drive. These data failures have led to my hiring data recovery companies to retrieve my important files. This of course was always a possibility so then I had to buy backup external hard drives to back up my backups.

Solid state data storage is the way to go now. No moving parts. Essentially the same concept as a flash drive. Until now however, the average solid state hard drive was around 3 terabytes.

I was asked by a freind to review a new data storage product like non other. The VASTdrive Solid State Flash Array Drive (SSFAD). Vast Technology International Corp. has just announced the world’s highest capacity storage drive ever created, the Infini 128 Terabyte (TB) Drive. It is the World’s first Solid State Flash Array Drive (SSFAD), and makes it the undisputed highest storage capacity drive in existence. The Vast SSFAD technology is available in 2 formats, a pocket sized USB drive called the Panther with capacity up to 16 terabytes, and a 3.5 inch internal or external drive with a capacity up to 128 terabytes.

Until recently, I could never concieve of a 16 terabyte, yes, terabyte, USB drive that I can carry in my pocket.

Most of you won't know this, but in 2005, I was a partner in a tech company that was the precursor to companies like Expedia and Travelzoo. We leased a server cage at a major Co-Location data center in Las Vegas. It was not cheap. The facility had tier 4 redundancy and the air conditioning always has to be on full blast to keep the servers cool. Even with that, drives were always falling out. If a server went down, somebody had to head to the CoLo and swap drives.

Now with the new SSFAD technology, data storage takes up much less space with power costs just a fraction of what the typical power needs would be for commercial data storage.

I wrote this non-real estate post because I know quite a few of you would geek out on this technology as I have. We won't see the products available in the marketplace until early 2017 but they did start a duscounted presale funding page here.





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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi CJ Hays - All of this is Greek to me but my husband did "geek out".  He is a photographer and between all the media plus real estate we have 13 TB. I am glad I shared this with him.

Sep 14, 2016 04:42 AM #1
Johnny Anderson

I have serious questions about the nature of this "SSFAD" drive--no answers yet. Has anyone seen/evaluated a working model?

Jun 08, 2017 01:50 PM #2
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