Hello

NVMe’s have made the limitations of SATA protocol more and more apparent as new and emergent technology arrives on the tech market. NVMe SSDs are trailblazing their way into the front and centre of the public eye. By connecting directly to the servers CPUs through the PCI express interface bus, they bypass entirely the host bus adapters (HBAs) that SATA drives require. 

Are NVMe’s the future?

With the way things are heading, it is predicted that NVMe adoption will grow by 91% by the end of 2023. NVMe is the storage technology you want for your current or next PC. The continued evolvement of the NVMe standard means that, as well as the present version 1.31, new features such as the ability to use your computer’s system memory as a cache. 

The NVMe SSD inside the latest Macbook Pro reads and writes data four times faster than the SATA SSD’s found in the previous generations and seeks out information ten times as fast. Meaning you are not left staring blankly at that annoying spinning circle that often accompanies a loading page. NVMe’s should be a priority and should be actively sought out, not an add on or an afterthought when choosing a new or upgraded PC. 

Not that you often need perpetuated output like this, but NVMe does short work of transferring files of any size. Compared to the rate offered by HDD’s 200MBps, and SATA SSD’s 550MBps, the NVMe SSD’s offer 3GBps in most business machines with their gaming counterparts now exceeding 7GBps.

Pro’s and Con’s of NVMe’s

The benefits of NVMe SSD include the following: NVMe SSD’s work with all major operating systems, giving the option of improved storage to many people and businesses without drastic changes to current operating systems. NVMe supports tunnelling protocol, so data privacy concerns are addressed and dealt with. It also supports a much higher bandwidth than SATA and offers superior compatibility with the system CPU. 

NVMe’s may sound current like the be all or end all of the technology, but they are not without disadvantages. NVMe costs more than your standard 2.5 SSD devices, and any older systems do not support legacy NVMe. But these do not seem to be deal-breakers to us on why NVMe’s should be your choice when thinking about upgrading or replacing your system.  

Growth within the NVMe Market

The NVMe market is projected to grow from $44.6b in 2020 to $163.5b by 2025. The major factors included in the market are due to the increasing adoption of NVMe technologies in SSD’s, servers and storage applications. The evolving demand for data storage and exponential use in data generation. This escalation in data needed lends itself to all aspects of the technological world, such as higher quality gaming PCs. NVMe’s also offer significant performance advancements and processing infrastructure. 

It is projected that NVMe SSD’s will hold the largest share in the NVMe market during the forecast period. They have the largest market since they are adopted widely as a storage solution in most verticals. 

When introduced into the market, SSD’s were marketed as a storage device that provides faster read and writes operations and reduced latency compared to HDD’s. SSD’s hold the highest share of the non-volatile memory express market. 

North America held the largest size of the NVMe market in 2019. They have the largest share of the market, closely followed by Europe and APAC. The key players in the market are Samsung, Western Digital, Intel, Dell, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Intel is currently a leading player across the global NVMe market.

The SSD sector has a massive opportunity for growth in the face of this NVMe surge. The BSFI vertical is among the largest adopter of the NVMe market. The increasing application of next-generation technologies such as AI, machine learning etc., means that the need to process data at a very high rate is moving more and more to the forefront, which presents a very lucrative market opportunity for new entrants into the NVMe market. 

Data-centric storage and computing tasks have led to significant demand for higher data read and write performance. The adoption of SATA is rapidly declining as the NVMe protocol replaces it. 

How can Origin Storage Help?

Origin Storage has been keeping an eye on the NVMe market and its growth rate. Our website carries many options to continue to give you and your business the best up and coming technology, including Internal NVMe solutions from NVMe M.2 and U.2 along with an External NVMe portable SSD. 

If you need any advice, please do not hesitate to contact our sales team. Our team is highly skilled and brings expert knowledge and a finger on the pulse of the tech world, helping you make the most informed and efficient decision for your business.
Find out more about Origin Storage’s NVMe options on our website here.

Unfortunately, the parts shortage which has been happening since the beginning of 2020 is still with us and is likely to be with us for some time. 

Nvidia’s CFO Colette Kress explained that the company expects demand to “continue to exceed supply for much of this year”. Similarly, chip manufacturer TSMC, who makes processors for Apple, Qualcomm, and AMD, has warned that shortages could continue into 2022. Intel’s chief executive, Pat Gelsinger, says the worst is yet to come and that we may have to wait a year or two until supplies return to normal. Glenn O’Donnell, a vice president research director at Forrester, believes the shortage could last until 2023. The general consensus is that the world will have to grapple with the crisis for longer yet.

The semiconductor shortage, what some are calling “chipageddon”, has affected a variety of industries. Manufacturers of graphics cards, kitchen appliances, phones, cars, computers, and games consoles struggle to get a hold of semiconductors essential to electronic devices. You can learn more about the origins of the semiconductor shortage here

Chipageddon continues

“Chipageddon” is a result of a variety of factors. Coronavirus lockdowns in China caused production to reduce significantly for a period of months at a time when demand for everything that kept us entertained during lockdowns, such as TVs, games consoles, phones, and other electronics, skyrocketed. It is the perfect storm, and it’s meant that prices of electronics have increased, and almost everyone will be affected by it in some way, shape, or form. 

Parts

Stockpiling and new cryptocurrency increase demand

The situation shows no signs of abating just yet. Stockpiling has made the situation worse for firms that are struggling to get hold of precious chips. Some Chinese companies which have been affected by sanctions have taken to stockpiling in-demand chips in an attempt to ride out the crisis, intensifying the crisis for companies all over the world.

Stockpiling isn’t the only thing causing significant increases in demand. The cryptocurrency Chia, which was launched in May of this year, caused SSD demand to skyrocket. Chia relies on storage rather than processing performance to mine, and crypto-fanatics were keen to buy up huge amounts of storage to mine the cryptocurrency. 

Manufacturers desperately search for a solution

Chipageddon is causing chaos for industries all over the world, and the leading semiconductor manufacturers are working hard to improve the supply of products. For example, The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., one of the leading advanced semiconductor suppliers, is planning to spend approximately $100 billion over the next three years to increase its capacity to meet demand.

Find the right solution with Origin Storage

We want to assure you that we are doing all we can to make the parts you need accessible to you and your customers. We pride ourselves on our multifaceted offering: affordable, high-quality, and compatible parts that last and do not invalidate OEM warranties.

If you have any questions or would like assistance with your order, please get in touch with us, and a member of our team will be happy to help you find the parts you require.

Is your computer running slowly? Or perhaps it keeps crashing? You might need to upgrade your memory. Maybe your files are also saving slower than usual? Are you receiving read-only errors? These are signs you need to replace your SSD. 

Why not upgrade your RAM and SSD at the same time? Discussions often revolve around whether you should upgrade your memory or SSD, but upgrading at the same time has a range of benefits.

Why should you upgrade your RAM?

A RAM upgrade is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to upgrade your PC as it delivers an instant performance boost. If your device is slowing down, a RAM upgrade may be necessary. Suppose you’re finding that your device is struggling to cope with running several programs at once. In that case, a RAM upgrade will allow you to use more programs at once, browse faster, see a boost in network capabilities, and have a better gaming experience. If you want to have a significant boost to your browsing capabilities, photo-editing and mid-range gaming, we’d recommend an upgrade to 8GB RAM. If you’re planning to run more intensive programs that require some serious computing power, 16GB might be more suitable. The more RAM, the better.

Why should you upgrade your SSD?

If your device is booting up slowly, struggles to open a new program, or finds moving files around difficult, an SSD upgrade is recommended. SSDs also have a range of benefits which mean they are a better option than an HDD. If you’re conscious about how much power your device uses, an SSD uses less power than an HDD and does not contain any moving parts that may mean the device is more susceptible to breaking. Additionally, SSDs are quieter to run, typically have a longer lifespan than HDDs, sometimes two to three times longer due to their shock resistance.

The main benefit of upgrading both the RAM and the SSD simultaneously is the boost in performance in terms of speed and efficiency. If your device is struggling, upgrading the RAM and SSD will improve performance significantly and saves you the task of opening up your device twice.

Upgrade your device with Origin Storage

We offer a wide range of RAM and SSDs which are 100% compatible and do not invalidate OEM warranty. You can browse our various memory solutions here. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss your requirements in more detail. Please email us at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0) 844 288 6868, and a member of our experienced team will be available to assist you.

Upgrades and Repairs Service

If you want to upgrade devices but you’re unsure where to start, you might want to consider using our Upgrades and Repairs Service. As well as upgrading RAM and SSDs, we can also replace laptop screens and keyboards, giving your device a much-needed refresh. We have a purpose-built upgrade facility where our technicians will work with your system using compatible products. Additionally, the whole process is captured by cameras to illustrate each stage.

The end of the financial year is approaching, which means that there are budgets that need to be spent. The best investment that the public sector can make in this climate is in technology. Access to powerful devices has never been so important. 

Digitisation is accelerating.

Organisations across a range of sectors are being met with the challenge of rapid digitisation. This has only been amplified by the pandemic. In March, millions of people began working from home due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. This instigated a demand for laptops and desktops that allowed employees to work from home efficiently until they could return to the office when safe to do so. As a result, 2020 was the biggest year for PC demand in over a decade, with shipments of notebooks and mobile workstations increasing by 44 per cent.

Digital transformation is now essential.

With digitisation on fast-forward due to the pandemic, companies, both public and private, must undergo a digital transformation as soon as possible. The rapid increase in data being processed means that there is a growing demand for powerful devices.

Raj Hazra, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Communications at Micron, explained that “the storing of data and making it available to the right computer at the right time is the bottleneck problem.” This is a problem that businesses have had to confront head-on to find workable solutions. The public sector, in particular, is finding that digital technologies have a ‘major impact’ on their operations. With the budget deadline approaching, the public sector should consider putting the money to good use by investing in IT upgrades to increase efficiency. We are referring specifically to SSD and memory upgrades.

Why SSD and memory upgrades specifically?

If a device uses a newer operating system, such as Windows 10, it will require at least 2GB of RAM to function efficiently. Unfortunately, a proportion of public sector employees will be using devices that will struggle to run Windows 10 properly, meaning they are likely using Windows 7. Earlier in the year, Channel Web reported that one in seven public sector computers are still running Windows 7. The problem is that the older operating system has been plagued with problems since its release, including slow performance, compatibility issues with a range of programs, and more. Even more concerning is that Windows ended their support for this earlier version of the operating system in January 2020. If the public sector is to truly embrace digitisation, it needs to offer employees devices that can run newer versions of Windows to cope with more data. 

One affordable way to run Windows 10 on an older device is to upgrade the device memory. If there are older devices that aren’t currently fit for purpose, upgrading the memory may be enough to make the device operational. If the public sector has some of it’s remaining budget to use before the end of March, investing in new memory for devices in need of an upgrade will increase a department’s ability to embrace digitisation. Click here to find out more about the memory solutions we have available. If you are interested in a memory upgrade but don’t know where to start, our upgrades and repairs service might be just what you need.

In March, the coronavirus lockdown threw businesses into disarray. Millions of people began working from home if they could, and businesses had to scramble to find suitable devices for them to be able to work from home. The issue with sudden change is that there is not sufficient time to weigh up the best options regarding devices. Many employers will have purchased affordable laptops and desktops that may not have the correct requirements for the work their employees are doing. 

One study conducted one month into the UK lockdown found that almost a fifth of workers said the quality of the laptop, desktop or tablet they were using for work was negatively affecting their productivity. The last thing that companies need during a global pandemic, which has led to a deep recession, is a dramatic drop in productivity. Businesses must provide their employees with devices that enable them to complete their work to a high standard and do not negatively impact their productivity. The problem is that new devices are expensive and delivery times can be long,  especially when demand is high. 

The solution is simple: don’t buy new devices, upgrade them! 

You might be thinking ‘how can I upgrade devices affordably?’ Here’s how… 

SSDs 

An SSD is the best upgrade you can give a device, and prices have reduced significantly over the years. In 2012, for example, SSD prices halved in less than a year. The primary benefit of SSDs over  HDDs is their speed. This means that devices with SSD’s boot faster, have quicker file transfer speeds. In March, when the lockdown began, the chances are that many employers bought portable devices, but may not contain the best SSD for the work employees are undertaking. Here at Origin Storage, we offer affordable SSD’s that are 100% compatible with devices that do not invalidate OEM warranties. By updating devices with new, more powerful SSD’s, employers can save hundreds of pounds without compromising on computing power.

Memory 

As we discussed in a previous article, memory upgrades are essential if a system has been routinely upgraded over time. As operating systems progress, they need more memory to run efficiently. By upgrading a device’s memory, rather than buying a whole new system, employers can improve the user experience for their employees, which leads to increased productivity. Origin Storage offers a wide range of memory which, like our SSD’s, is 100% compatible and does not invalidate OEM  warranty. 

Travel docks 

Many people prefer laptops over desktops due to their portability; however, some laptops may have limited USB ports, meaning other devices cannot be attached seamlessly. Origin Storage offers a  wide range of docking station solutions, and our portfolio is still growing in order to continue to provide a solution for every situation. An increasing number of people now work from home or anywhere with internet connectivity. As a result, it is more important than ever that they use devices that work seamlessly. With Origin Storage’s range of docking solutions, users can plug in numerous devices at a time through HDMI, ethernet, and USB-C ports. This means that individuals can connect their laptop to a monitor, have a stable internet connection and use other USB enabled devices all at the same time.

Image credit: KitGuru 

There are numerous benefits to upgrading devices rather than buying new ones: saving money,  improve device power and efficiency, and save parts from being thrown away needlessly. 

Our custom upgrade services give resellers the power they need to compete on a larger scale, and their customers and end-users go on to enjoy the benefits of our expertise. Get in touch with us today to discuss your upgrade requirements in more detail.