The Importance of Reliable Flash Storage for Military and Government Applications
When it comes to military and governmental data storage, security is critical. Flash storage can provide several security advantages over other forms of storage, particularly if the appropriate grade of storage is used. Flash storage for military and government applications should generally be industrial grade, which offers the highest possible level of reliability. At Delkin, industrial grade storage can also be customized to meet the specific security and operational needs of military and government applications.
What are the security advantages of flash storage?
Before flash storage became the preferred memory format, most devices had hard disk drives, or HDDs. HDDs offer high capacities, but they have security flaws. With an HDD, data are written onto the drive using a mechanical process. If the drive is lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised, the data will not be fully secure, even with embedded security features and procedures.
With flash memory, data are written on flash chips within a solid state drive, or SSD, via a series of electrical charges. Storing the data on the flash chips rather than on a disk inside the drive provides a higher level of security than found with HDDs. Additionally, flash storage is less prone to data loss through malfunctions than HDDs, since there are no moving parts.
Can flash storage be erased?
Erasing data is an important consideration for military and government applications. HDDs can be erased, but the entire process can take hours. With flash memory inside an SSD, data can usually be erased in just a few seconds. Flash memory can also be erased remotely if it is customized to do so, which means that military and government devices that are obtained by unauthorized users can be scrubbed of sensitive data.
Why is industrial grade storage important for military and government applications?
Industrial storage features SLC, or single-level cell, flash memory. With this kind of flash, one bit of data is stored per cell, which allows for the fastest possible operating speeds and the lowest risk of errors during the writing process. Industrial grade memory also has a locked BOM, so that changes cannot be made to any critical component of the flash storage design without advance notice and a new product number.
Delkin’s industrial storage team understands the unique needs of military and government applications and can help you select secure, reliable flash memory for your needs. For more information, contact us today.
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