My employer is experimenting with a few desktop PCs with SSDs. And they are amazing. These machines have an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and a 120 GB SSD. They log on and off in seconds. Word and Excel 2010, which are absolute slugs on HDDs, load in one second. The time is right for SSDs in business.

This is what modern computing is supposed to be.

There’s plenty of benefit, too. Quality SSDs fail predictably, so that reduces maintenance. They take images very fast, which reduces maintenance. Their small size encourages people to save their data on the network, where it’s backed up. The same thing discourages users from storing movies and music on their PCs, which is a legal liability in more than one regard. Depending on the user’s choice of movies, it could be both an HR issue and a copyright issue.

But beyond the intangible benefits, there’s the increased productivity. The computer is almost always ready for the user.

It wouldn’t take long for a $100 SSD to pay for itself by saving a couple of hours of most workers’ time each month.