Many users had yet to appreciate the complexity that SSD poses, with a November 2012 customer survey suggesting just 31 per cent were aware of the complexity of SSD-based encryption and 48% saying there was no additional risk posed by using SSDs. An additional 38 per cent said they didn't know.
The SSD challenge isn't limited to smartphone-wielding users, however: as data-centre operators increasingly turn to SSD to boost the effective speed of their data-storage operations, Briscoe warned that a growing number of the company's recovery operations were involving data lost to cloud-computing operators.
"A lot of vendors are using hybrid solutions with a bank of SSDs in a storage area network, then write data to [conventional] drives," he said.
"We're seeing more and more instances of cloud providers losing data: they rely very much on snapshots, and if something happens to the data - if there is corruption to the operating system or some type of user error - we are having more and more cloud providers coming to us with data loss."
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