There’s now a more affordable option for budget-conscious government agencies that need to improve computing performance but aren’t ready to invest in new computers just yet. By upgrading to NVMe solid state drives (SSDs), they can enjoy blazing fast speeds on devices that won’t break the bank.

SSDs are much faster than old-fashioned hard drives, while SSDs that support the NVMe (non-volatile memory express) storage access and transport protocol are even faster.

Upgrading computers with an NVMe SSD, like the Samsung 980 PRO, can enable applications to run significantly faster — including government databases installed directly on employees’ desktop computers and laptops. Computers with NVMe SSDs also boot up faster and can access data and save files more quickly.

“It’s a productivity booster,” said Greg Schulz, founder of Server StorageIO, an independent IT advisory and consulting firm, in an interview with Samsung Insights. “You are not waiting around for results. You are getting work done quicker, whether it’s reading or writing data.”

Why upgrade to NVMe SSDs?

Storage drives for computers historically have used the SATA and SAS transport protocols, but they are designed for hard disk drives (HDDs) and cause performance bottlenecks when used with SSDs. NVMe resolves the performance problems because it’s purpose-built to enable fast data transfer rates on PCIe SSDs.

PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) is a high-speed standard interface that connects motherboard components. NVMe is the transfer protocol that runs across a PCIe connection.

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The upshot: PCIe-based NVMe SSDs reduce latency and enable higher input/output operations per second (IOPS), making them ideal for databases as well as other data-intensive, compute-intensive or graphics-heavy applications. The data transfer rates depend on which generation of PCIe an SSD supports.

Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, for example, delivers read speeds up to 7,000 MB/s — which is twice as fast as PCIe 3.0 SSDs and 12.7 times faster than SATA SSDs. It also offers write speeds up to 5,100 MB/s.

Real-world benefits: Speeding government databases

NVMe SSDs accelerate application performance, both in data centers and in PCs. For example, relational databases in a data center will perform much faster on NVMe SSDs than traditional hard drives, allowing government agencies to run queries much faster.

However, a computer with an NVMe SSD won’t directly impact the performance of a relational database in a data center. A computer with an NVMe SSD can boost database performance only if the database is stored inside the computer. For instance, government employees who have built databases on their own PCs will see faster read/write speeds if they are using NVMe SSDs.

According to Schulz of Server StorageIO, there are other scenarios where NVMe SSDs on computers can improve database performance, such as:

  • Government workers need to analyze data to produce a report, so they extract data from a relational database in the data center. Once the extracted data is stored on the workers’ PC hard drives, they can use that data to run an analysis and build a report. When they do, the performance is especially fast thanks to the NVMe SSD on their computers.
  • Similarly, if government employees need to update data on a relational database in the data center, they can download the data onto their computers. Access to the data is extremely fast because of the NVMe SSD on their computers. Once they update the data, they can upload the changes back to the main database in the data center.
  • It’s election day, and for each precinct, election officials download voter registration databases onto laptops. That creates electronic poll books that replace traditional paper poll books, which list eligible voters in each precinct. Poll workers can quickly search and check in voters on their laptops, and the process is made even quicker with NVMe SSDs.
  • Government employees work in a field office that uses a high-end computer as a server to house a copy of the main database. Staffers get fast access to the data because of the local copy of the database in their office. The local copy of the database gets updated throughout the day, and the changes get uploaded to the main database in the data center overnight, so it’s all synchronized.

Benefits of Samsung 980 PRO

These are just a few examples of how government agencies can benefit from upgrading their PC storage with Samsung’s 980 PRO NVMe SSDs.

NVMe SSDs are not only a powerful and cost-effective solution that can improve worker productivity; they are also more reliable than HDDs — and much more secure. With no moving parts, they are less prone to failure.

In addition, NVMe SSDs support high storage capacities in small form factors, such as M.2. Samsung 980 PRO, for example, comes in an M.2 form factor and is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB configurations.

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