Re: Worth the effort?
"Realistically, we're in the end game for spinning rust now, so big new innovations seem a little pointless to me."
Personally, my storage is m2 SSD, PCIE SSD and a couple of large drives for keeping large amounts of data. I agree that SSD's are the future.
However, i also think that given the production costs and capacity of memory for SSD's we will still have HDD's with us in 20 years time. Why?
If your Dell/HP/Fijitsu/etc making a budget desktop, then what's it going to take to replace the HDD? A 500GB HDD can be had for £25 at retail prices. Large OEM's will get it cheaper than that. An SSD is over quadruple this price. The SSD will kill the HDD when the price reaches parity.
That won't happen absent a new fabbing technology for memory chips that reduces the cost by around 400%. Ergo HDD's are going to hang around at the low end of the market for cheap drives, and for large scale storage where it can win in cost per GB over SSD.
The "end game" for HDD's is sort of like the "end game" for tape. Yeah, it's going to get pushed into niche markets but it's going to survive there for decades, and some of those niche applications (like enterprise storage on SANS) are massively huge.