Ever since the first SSD was made 35 years ago, we have witnessed a huge difference in performance, capacity and price of these drives. Taking a look at the advancement of technology that has taken place it’s almost unbelievable.  Just 20 years ago 50MB was all the space you’d ever need, but just two decades later, it’d be hard to store 30 pictures on a drive that small.

If you are unfamiliar with the SSD, essentially it’s a type of drive that doesn’t actually have a physical disk, thus the name “Solid State Drive”.  These drives offer higher speeds than HDDs and are more reliable; typically because there aren’t any moving parts to break.

Just recently, Seagate announced something they call “the world’s fastest SSD”. What kind of speeds are we talking about here?


Meet Seagate’s new NVMe SSD – according to their claims, this drive will throughput speeds of 10GBps.  Currently the fastest SSD speed recorded is 6GBps; that’s a 4GBps difference!  So far Seagate hasn’t disclosed any information on capacity, price or even a model name, but they did say it would be available this summer for customers to purchase.  This “production-ready” SSD may just impact the world of storage.

Seagate’s general manager, Brett Pemble, shares, “Your data is only as good as how easily you can access it and put it to use.” And apparently that was Seagate’s motivation for creating such a speedy drive.

So now we’ll just have to wait and see if Seagate’s reports are true and if both read and write speeds will be clocked at 10GBs!  Will this drive be the “flash” (all puns intended) of SSDs?  What do you think?

Kevin Nether