Information Technology

Gartner Glossary

Solid-State Drives (SSDs)

In PCs, SSDs serve as the primary storage element in mobile computing, and in data centers only, SSDs act as storage network accelerators. SSD categories are not restricted to specific form factors or interfaces; rather, they are defined by the end-consumption requirements. This category excludes embedded solid-state storage deployments that use nonvolatile memory caching solutions and removable modules merely to complement other storage devices. There are five SSD subcategories: entry-level PC, mainstream PC, enterprise server, enterprise storage and industrial SSD.


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