Fast Data

Flash Memory. It’s Everywhere.

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I’ve been a SanDisk user for more than 10 years. Flash memory forms part of my daily working life as CompactFlash, SD, CFast and microSD memory cards, not to mention USB sticks and SSDs. I also consider myself a bit of a tech geek, always up with the attest trends in technology. And yet when I started pulling together ideas for the Day in Flash project, even I was surprised at just how much flash memory there is in the world and how important it is.

Go back 10 years and you’d struggle to find a car with flash memory inside. Today you’d struggle to find a new car that DOESN’T have flash memory in it!

The Rise of the Internet of Things

It’s been brought about by the rise of the Internet of Things, or IoT. Everything electronic is becoming smarter. And connected. In the near future most anything electronic you touch will be able to connect to something else wirelessly. It’ll be capturing data, tracking movement, analyzing use and so on. This will enable a truly connected lifestyle – where your fridge will know what’s in it, communicate with your phone and when you walk into the supermarket it’ll provide a shopping list and directions to each item you need in the aisle, complete with any applicable offers you may be interested in.

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While a lot of that data will be stored in the Cloud the so-called ‘Edge Devices’, those that live at the edge of the cloud, connecting internal LAN with external WAN or internet, will be storing 80% of the data. This is because the Edge devices are where the magic happens.  These are the things you an interact with, that do the measuring and need the information.

It’s not just the obvious things though – showers with preset temperatures and jet patterns for each family member, lighting that responds to ambient light levels, weighing scales that track your weight and health. And that’s just in the home. Out in the wider world, industry is rapidly connecting devices and collecting data to try and function more efficiently.


To put some numbers to this, self driving cars generate around 1GB of data per second from their sensors, while mining operations collect 2.4TB per minute and a smart manufacturing factory as much as 1PB per day.

We truly are living in the age of data and flash memory is driving this forward. Whether the data is stored in the cloud or locally, it’s all being stored on flash and as the data requirements rise, so we’ll find we really do live our days in flash.

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Dave Newton
Since taking up photography seriously in 1998, David Newton has resisted the urge to be pigeon-holed into one category of photography. He's a photographer first and foremost and will therefore point his lens at all subjects great and small. A degree in Marine Biology points to a strong love for the natural world and so wildlife, travel and landscape photography form the greatest part of his work, but nothing is off-limits as he regularly turns his hand to everything from sports to portraits and even commercial work. With a strong technical background, David is a well known technical writer and trainer. He is often sought out by major photographic companies to help explain or demonstrate equipment both in online videos and through event seminars and training courses. Since he never knows what his next subject might be, David has to rely on his equipment completely. That means paying attention to the smallest of details so as nothing is left to chance. When it comes to memory cards, David won't trust his images to anything but SanDisk Extreme®.