Let’s embark on a quick tour of the types of storage that are available, which will work best so that you can pick the right storage medium for your business.
Once upon a time, choosing the right storage for your employees boiled down to a single question: how many gigabytes would they need? Now, with the onset of superfast solid-state disk storage, as well as centralised storage options (whether in the cloud or on your local server), things have become that bit more complicated.
This type of storage is included within the computer itself. It contains everything you need to run direct from the client PC itself: the operating system, applications and user data. This type of setup remains the best for those in your business setup who need lots of processing power and fast, readily available storage.
When choosing client PCs with onboard storage, always pick solid-state disc (SSD) storage over traditional platter-based hard drives. SSDs are lighter, more robust (as they have no moving parts) and crucially much, much quicker – particularly if you choose a model sporting the newer M.2 SSD storage. M.2 storage is plugged directly into a PC’s PCI-Express bus and looks a bit like a memory module, which gives them a smaller footprint and allows more storage to fit into smaller form factors.
SSD has benefits on the road for laptop users of course (check out the ASUSPRO B9440UA, for example). But it will also improve productivity back in the office too. The ASUS PB60 Mini PC takes full advantage of the M.2 form factor to provide 256GB M.2 SSD primary storage, while leaving space for an additional drive in the form of a 2.5-inch drive bay, which can house both SSD and non-SSD laptop-sized hard disks.
There’s a premium to pay for SSD storage, so if budgets are tight and storage needs are great, speak to your IT staff about a dual-drive setup. In this scenario, you leave the OS and applications on a smaller SSD, then simply save user data to the slower, cheaper but larger non-SSD drive.