Solution providers and their clients looking for ways to improve the performance of their storage infrastructures are increasingly turning to flash storage.
The market for flash storage is booming, with every major storage vendor, most second-tier vendors, and a host of startups vying for mind share and market share in the performance storage market.
The rush to market by storage vendors combined with demand from storage customers has led to an explosion in the sales of flash arrays. Research firm IDC in January estimated the worldwide flash-based array market reached $11.3 billion in 2014. This includes all-flash storage array sales of $1.3 billion for the year, along with $10.0 billion in hybrid flash storage array sales.
All-flash arrays, as the term states, are storage arrays that exclusively use flash-memory or SSDs for primary storage.