By Tom Fedro
Recently, Eric Zeman posted a piece on Informationweek.com about Smartphone storage Options. It was very well laid out explaining all the choices available among the different manufacturers and pointing out the upgrade costs for extra storage. The options ranged from purchasing expandable storage in the form of a microSD memory card to tapping your PC to view your movie and music collection. While informative, the conversation ought to be expanded to discuss the assurance that different devices with differing operating systems can indeed communicate, share, and recognize the storage hardware used.
For example, in a household of five, you might have a mix of varying Windows operating systems, new Android devices, iPhones, Tablets and Macs, all potentially capable of playing music or movies from a network attached shared storage device. What is often overlooked is that the differing Operating Systems (OS’s) may not be able to communicate. That is where universal file system drivers (UFSD) technology can add real value.
UFSDs enable devices with different OS’s, Chip sets, and firmware to share data and manipulate files seamlessly – basically providing complete platform independence for the user. Many OEMs partner with companies providing this technology and embed it into their devices to maximize the customer experience, making access more user-friendly.
With the soaring popularity of smart devices, the ability of the devices to interact seamlessly with storage will become more important and drive the mass adoption of UFSD technology along the way. So while the availability of storage for smart devices is a story, it isn’t the whole story; embedded systems that include UFSD technology that empower users with complete platform and OS independence will see solid growth in the coming years.