New independent studies reveal that hard drive failure rates are up to 15 times greater than data sheet specifications when deployed in field and mobile applications that require continual uptime. Quoting data presented by Google Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University from the fifth annual USENIX Conference on the annual failure rates of large populations of hard drives over a five or more year period, this white paper details the high cost of hard drive failure.


The paper provides the numerous technical and business criteria that must be evaluated in selecting the best storage solution for an application. It emphasizes how the technology advances of the last 15 years have made solid-state storage more affordable and well in line with today’s OEM storage budgets. As hard drive technology continues to falter for many OEM application requirements, the cost-effective and highly reliable replacement is advanced solid-state storage technology such as SiliconSystems’ SiliconDrive products.