Bill Watkins: the journey to flash

Solid state drives are a winning solution – but when and where? 

Bill Watkins, CEO of Seagate, talked to X-bit labs about flash and SSDs.  Flash is exciting technology – just don’t expect it to replace tried and true disk drives in a big way any time soon. 

Despite all the noise about flash in notebook PCs, Bill sees the first true sweet spot for flash being in enterprise applications. For notebooks, much of the power, performance and reliability benefits of pure flash are either overstated or can be gained today for a much lower cost with hybrid drives. 

Hybrid drives combine flash with a disk drive and use the flash as a uber-cache, giving you the benefits of both technologies in one solution.

I’ve posted many time on this topic – here and here and here.

What say you?  Will you be plunking down the big bucks for a solid state notebook this year?


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