Demands from the cloud fuel hard drive innovation [Byline]

The hard drive is dead. Long live the hard drive!

The cost of NAND flash has dropped precipitously in the last decade, and tape still wins in cost per bit, but hard disk drives (HDDs) continue to rule the data center.

The focus has moved from the individual PCs to scaling the data center with purpose-built hard drives that have their own attributes and with more consideration being given to total cost of ownership (TCO). Energy consumption measured by watt per terabyte is also an important attribute as it plays into TCO and trends toward sustainability.

Read my full story for Fierce Electronics.

Gary Hilson is a freelance writer with a focus on B2B technology, including information technology, cybersecurity, and semiconductors.