When deciding between a hard drive and an SSD the choice is always one of price and capacity. SSDs are typically faster, use less power, and take up less space. Hard drives on the other hand offer significantly more storage at a far cheaper price.Smart Modular Technologies seems to have solved one of those barriers to choosing SSD over HDD. It has just announced the availability of a new enterprise SSD called Optimus that ships in capacities including 200GB, 400GB, 800GB, and 1.6TB.Not only is that the largest SSD capacity on the market today, but it’s crammed into a 2.5-inch form factor. The drive also takes advantage of a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 6Gb/s interface to offer read speeds of 1000MB/s and write speeds of 500MB/s, making this one of the fastest drives on the market too.No pricing has been revealed yet, but you can guarantee the cost of the 1.6TB model will match its enterprise status.Smart realizes no one wants to invest serious money in SSD if the drives keep failing, so it has also produced a range of technologies included on the drive to keep it functioning correctly and your data safe. This suite of tools is called Guardian technologies and consists of FlashGuard , DriveGuard, and EverGuard. Together they aim to manage data effectively while keeping each drive working realibly. Smart must be confident of its tech as each Optimus ships with a 5-year warranty.Read more at the Smart press releaseMatthew’s OpinionAlthough the Optimus is purely an enterprise drive, it’s worth noting that it achieves such high capacities and sets a new high for read/write performance in an SSD. Both will filter down to consumer-grade SSDs before too long and will start to make HDDs look like the poorer option.It’s probably a few generations away, but we are definitely going to see 1000MB/s read speeds become the expected norm within the next few years. At that point, the older geeks among us will be sitting there thinking how lucky younger generations are not to have to wait for any software to load anymore, and how instant-on operating systems is the default rather than the exception.