What Are the Benefits of Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology?
Self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology, or SMART, allows users to monitor the operations of their drives and spot signs of problems before they cause complete system failures. The use of SMART in solid state drives (SSDs) for industrial applications is especially important because of the mission-critical data storage and operations these drives execute. With SMART, when there is an error in drive operation, the BIOS—basic input/output system—receives information about the error and, when appropriate, alerts the user so that he or she can make an informed decision about drive management. There are several benefits of using SMART, particularly for industrial OEMs and designers. Here is what you need to know.
SMART helps with life cycle management.
No drive lasts forever. However, the worst way to encounter the need for drive replacement is to experience a complete system failure without any warning. This kind of drive failure can be enormously costly and disruptive, especially for industrial devices that are used in settings like manufacturing automation and transportation. In these instances, a failure could disrupt several days of production or travel schedules, leading to significant inconvenience and expense. SMART allows users to see when a drive is experiencing issues that are likely to lead to an eventual failure. This lets them manage the process of replacement so that it is efficient and non-disruptive.
SMART ensures appropriate repairs.
If a problem occurs with a drive, without SMART, diagnosis and repair are just a guessing game. Self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology allows users to know exactly what is going wrong with a drive so that they can get the appropriate repairs for the problem. As such, it prevents the experience of taking devices out of service for repairs that don’t ultimately fix the problem. Taking a device out of operation is a major decision for industrial users, and SMART reduces the risk of doing so needlessly.
SMART extends the life of drives.
Sometimes, a problem occurs with a drive that is minor and easily resolved. However, without SMART, users may not know about that issue until it becomes worse or even leads to a complete drive failure. SMART helps users spot problems early so that any necessary adjustments can be made to extend the life of the drive.