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What is Flash Storage?

SSD versus HDD

Because it uses integrated circuit technology, flash storage is a solid-state technology, meaning it has no moving parts. When flash technology is used for enterprise storage, the term flash drive or flash array is often used interchangeably with solid-state drive (SSD).

SSD technology contrasts with hard disk drive (HDD) technology—the other major type of computer storage, which has been in place since the 1950s. In contrast to SSDs, HDD storage relies on spinning disks, motors, and read/write heads, using magnetism to store data on a rotating platter.

Discover How NetApp Utilizes Flash Technology

The leading-edge NetApp® AFF A-Series supplies enterprise-class, scale-out all-flash storage with the industry’s most advanced data management.

NetApp EF-Series all-flash arrays deliver fast, consistent response times to accelerate high-performance databases and data analytics.

NetApp SolidFire® all-flash arrays deliver agility and guaranteed application performance at webscale so you can achieve the next-generation data center.