Flash-based array is more than just a flash in the pan. The emergence of more robust offerings that can handle a wide range of increasingly complex workloads helped drive the worldwide flash-based array market to US$11.3 billion in 2014, according to IDC.
The impact that flash-based arrays will have on the datacentre is undeniable as more flash-based platforms are delivering enterprise-class data services, including snapshots, clones, encryption, replication, and quality of service (QoS) as well as storage efficiency features.
Once dominated by storage startups looking to carve out a niche with flash-optimised solutions, the promise of flash in the datacentre is driving traditional enterprise storage vendors, such as Dell, EMC, HDS, HP, IBM, NetApp, and Oracle, to all get on board and offer flash-optimised hybrid flash arrays, and in some cases, all-flash arrays.
“Vendors are aggressively flash optimising their offerings to provide improved performance, longer endurance, higher reliability, and a lower effective cost per gigabyte. The most successful vendors will be those that can make a smooth transition from the traditional, dedicated application model to mixed workload consolidation,” said Eric Burgener, Research Director of Storage Systems at IDC.