What you need to know about laptop upgrades (part 1: SSD)

Laptops aren’t easy to upgrade as desktop PCs. In fact, newer laptops are becoming harder to upgrade- but you still may need to upgrade your laptop with more RAM or a solid-state drive.

Want better performance for your laptop? The conventional wisdom has long held that you should simply buy a new one. You can put such conventional wisdom aside: upgrading your laptop is the way to go.

In business, time is money. This can translate in: productivity is money. It’s no different in IT where you want a maximum performance for a minimal cost. That’s what solid-state drives (SSD) do: supercharge existing computers and servers for a fraction of the cost of a new system. Here’s how SSDs can multiply your organisation’s productivity without having to buy brand new systems:

Give your mobile workforce increased battery life:

Today’s mobile force is constantly on the go, yet constrained by battery life. SSDs are almost twice as much energy efficient than hard drives. Thanks to not having motors or moving heads to drive, spinning anything 4200 times a minute is going to be more power hungry than a solid state solution.

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Empower your office team with 15x the speed:

Imagine clicking on a program and having it load instantly. That’s the power of the SSDs, which are over 15x faster than normal hard drives. A solid state drive does not have a mechanical arm to read and write data, it instead relies on an embedded processor (or “brain”) called a controller to perform a bunch of operations related to reading and writing data. The controller is a very important factor in determining the speed of the SSD. Decisions it makes related to how to store, retrieve, cache and clean up data can determine the overall speed of the drive. In a business environment, this is key because team members are using their computers all day, every day, for virtually every type of task and multitask. When everyone is able to work faster, your organisation can move faster.
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Protect the data you present with road-worth durability:

Since SSDs don’t have small moving parts, they’re significantly more durable than hard drives, which can’t withstand as much wear and tear. This is important because mobile workers are often traveling and luggage gets tossed around. If a computer gets dropped or jostled before a major client presentation, the hard drive can fail, but the structural design of an SSD allows it to keep working.

Secure confidential business plans and customer information:

Everything stored on business systems is vulnerable to hackers, thieves, and the competition. Hard drives typically support just software-based encryption, which can easily get hacked and dismantled. A better way to protect sensitive data is to encrypt it at the hardware level on a solid state drive, since this comes standard on most drives.

As more and more organisations make the move to SSDs, the pace of business has increased. Customers and team members expect instant access to whatever it is they’re looking for. With solid state drives, you can help deliver it – and boost your team’s profits and performance in the process. Still skeptical? Try just one SSD and see what happens to your productivity. Then multiply that by every server and member of your team. The result? Your productive potential.