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Flash File Fragmentation Needs A Fix for Automotive

Gary Hilson, EE | Times

As noted by Gregory Wong, founder and principal analyst with Forward Insights, defragging a drive means moving data around, and this impacts the endurance of the flash. Enterprises systems that use flash are getting smarter at managing this storage technology and moving away from the paradigms of spinning disk. Thanks to technologies such as NVMe, we're no longer replacing a hard drive with an SSD in the same form factor.

"There is an effort to modify the host systems to manage the flash as flash", Wong said.

Wong said the cloud companies are moving faster to address this by building their own systems while the OEMs are moving to NVMe so that they're optimized to take full advantage of flash.

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