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Kroll Ontrack survey says SSD adoption high but not infallible

Data recovery vendor Kroll Ontrack says a recent SSD technology use survey revealed the popularity of the use of SSDs in organizations with 90 percent citing the use of SSD for its performance and reliabity. However, solid state media is not infallible as affirmed by the respondents to the same survey that revealed up to a third continue to experience storage failure. Of those who did, 61 percent lost data and fewer than 20 percent were successful in recovering their data, reinforcing the known complexity of SSD data recovery.
 
“In the case of SSD technology, data resides in a more scattered format on the drive as compared to traditional hard drive media where data is stored more linearly, adding complexity to SSD data recovery scenarios,” said Troy Hegr, Ontrack Data Recovery technology manager, Kroll Ontrack.
 
“Further, although consolidation in the SSD industry is occurring, data layout and organization on SSD mediums are still not standardized, driving the need for custom recovery solutions based on the specific manufacturer and model of the device. With strong investment in SSD research and development, Kroll Ontrack offers customers high SSD recovery success rates due to its vast experience with SSD technology and market-leading technologies.”
 
Data storage technology continues to trend toward SSD both on an enterprise and consumer level. Of the nearly 2,000 survey respondents, over three-fourths use SSD technology in laptop and/or mobile devices, 60 percent in desktop computers and a growing 20 percent in server environments. With the exponential growth of consumer and business data, it is not surprising the survey revealed that the strongest drivers toward SSD adoption are performance and speed, with nearly three-fourths of respondents citing fast data access as their main goal in selecting SSD over traditional hard drive technology. Only 10 percent of SSD users cited the reliability and energy-saving properties of SSD technology over traditional hard drive technology as their primary considerations.
 
“The current and projected rate of data storage growth is astounding,” added Hegr. “SSD technology provides exceptional speed and performance benefits when managing and working within large data environments, and organizations are taking advantage. Despite the many benefits of SSD technology – including reliability – data loss continues to impact SSD devices, just like any other storage device.”
 
With the growing adoption of SSD devices and data security at the forefront of present business concerns, it is critical that businesses take the proper precautions when disposing of failed devices. This is also true of early generation SSD devices that may be reaching end-of-life. Kroll Ontrack survey results indicate that the most popular disposal method taken by 43 percent of respondents is to physically shred or destroy the drive. While this is an effective approach, the SSD cannot be reused. An alternate secure option is to follow the response of nearly 20 percent of respondents and utilize professional data erasure software to ensure data is sanitized.
 
Additionally, a professional erasure verification service can validate data erasure methods are effective and provide verification reporting – a smart step to take when repurposing or retiring SSD technology.

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