Post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg
An academic paper claims flash could be better than disk for archiving. So just how did this unlikely result come about?
The SSRC* paper, An Economic Perspective of Disk vs. Flash Media in Archival Storage, was published earlier this year, at the 22nd IEEE International Symposium on Modelling, Analysis, and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (MASCOTS 2014).
In it, lead author Preeti Gupta and her colleagues found that “archives based upon alternative media [such as flash] are surprisingly cost competitive [when compared with] archives based upon traditional disk media over the long-term”.
Read on here