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Flash-based storage array market 'exploding'

IDC report says flash-based arrays will have 'undeniable' effect on data centres

Flash-based storage array market 'exploding'
IDC said that more robust flash offerings are emerging, capable of handling a wide range of increasingly complex workloads

The global flash-based storage array market is experiencing "explosive" growth, according to an IDC study, with revenue reaching $11.3bn in 2014.

IDC said that, with flash arrays, the storage market continues to evolve, and that more robust offerings are emerging, capable of handling a wide range of increasingly complex workloads. The research house claimed that the impact of flash-based arrays on the data centre will be "undeniable", as more flash-based platforms deliver enterprise-class data services such as snapshots, clones, replication and storage efficiency features.

IDC added that, though the flash array market was once dominated by storage start-ups looking to carve out a niche with flash-optimised solutions, the promise of flash in the data centre is driving traditional enterprise storage vendors, such as Dell, EMC, HDS, HP, IBM, NetApp and Oracle, to get on board and offer flash-optimised hybrid-flash arrays (HFAs), and in some cases all-flash arrays (AFAs).

"Vendors are aggressively flash optimising their offerings to provide improved performance, longer endurance, higher reliability, and a lower effective cost per gigabyte," said Eric Burgener, research director, storage systems, IDC.

"The most successful vendors will be those that can make a smooth transition from the traditional, dedicated application model to mixed workload consolidation."

IDC's study on the flash array market also found that the worldwide HFA and AFA segments would reach $10bn and $1.3bn, respectively, by the end of 2014.

IDC also advised end users that they should strongly consider flash-based arrays when retiring existing enterprise storage platforms.

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