The storage industry continues to evolve and the flash-based array market, including all-flash arrays (AFAs) and hybrid flash arrays (HFAs), is showing explosive growth, according to new research from International Data Corp. (IDC).
The study says the emergence of more robust flash offerings that can handle a range of increasingly complex workloads helped drive the worldwide flash-based array market to $11.3 billion in 2014.
The impact that flash-based arrays will have on the data center is undeniable, the firm says, as more flash-based platforms are delivering enterprise-class data services. The promise of flash in the data center is driving traditional enterprise storage vendors to offer flash-optimized HFAs, and in some cases AFAs, IDC says.
"Vendors are aggressively flash optimizing their offerings to provide improved performance, longer endurance, higher reliability, and a lower effective cost per gigabyte," Eric Burgener, research director, storage systems at IDC, said in a statement. "The most successful vendors will be those that can make a smooth transition from the traditional, dedicated application model to mixed workload consolidation," Burgener said.
The worldwide HFA and AFA segments will reach $10 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively, in 2014, the report predicts. To be successful, flash-based array vendors must have a flash-optimized platform that offers in-line compression and de-duplication as well as other enterprise-class data services, it says.
IDC recommends that organizations “strongly consider” flash-based arrays when retiring existing enterprise storage platforms.
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