A thorough TCO analysis must take into account all of these factors.
To assist decision-makers in the process, Samsung provides a TCO calculator for notebook PCs. This tool asks for basic information about the number of notebooks, hard drive failure rates, average price per system, replacement cycles, IT service costs and other factors, and provides industry averages if you don't have specific cost-analysis data. The calculator outputs the total cost premium of implementing SSD on a fleet of notebooks, associated savings and the overall TCO for the fleet. The calculator even converts the various costs and life-time savings into graph format.
Further cost savings may even be feasible as SSDs spur the creation of new designs. SSDs are form-factor agnostic. They do not have to fit the traditional mold of a 2.5-inch hard drive or even the shape of a drive. For example, flash chips can be mounted directly onto a motherboard or put on a dual in-line memory module.
As consumer electronic and notebook innovation progresses, SSDs will drive pioneering industrial designs such as a new class of "slim Jim, keyboard collapsible" notebooks and even new options for enterprise storage banks.
Today, SSDs represent a calculation IT purchasers cannot afford to ignore.
Beard is Flash marketing manager for Samsung Semiconductor.