For example, OCZ recently announced its highest capacity Z-Drive R2 , a flash drive which plugs directly into a PCI Express slot and offers up to 2TB of capacity and has data transfer rates of 1.4Gbit/sec.
That compares with a hard drive serial ATA interface, which currently offer 3Gbit/sec throughput. Recently, vendors began offering began offering 6Gbit/sec SATA interfaces.
OCZ's Z-Drive, an flash drive with 2TB capacity and 1.4Gbs throughput
It is in the data center where Weinger and others believe solid state drives will lead to the most revolutionary change over the next decade.
As organizations seek to create greener, more energy efficient infrastructures, solid state drives will be a natural fit, Weinger said. In addition, SSDs are becoming more popular in data centers as corporate users require faster storage mediums for streaming video and trading platforms.
"You'll see a major change in way data centers are constructed because of carbon footprint," Weinger said. "As they start building new data centers from ground up, flash memory will be significant part in terms of the speed and data access which will be needed as world becomes more connected."
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