Storage Year In Review: Flash Comes of Age

December 19, 2011: If disk is the heavyweight segment of the storage market, dominated by seven vendors–three pure-play (EMC, NetApp and HDS) and four IT generalists (IBM, HP, Dell and Oracle/Sun)–holding more than 80% of the market, then flash (or solid state) is the cocky up-and-comer and 2011 was the year that flash finally made the jump to legitimate contender. And while disk continues to muscle along, accounting for the lion’s share of the storage market being driven by data growing at almost 60% per year, the much smaller flash market is undergoing hypergrowth.

While IDC put the enterprise storage systems market up 18% in customer revenue between 2009 and 2010, reaching $30.8 billion in 2010, it was projected to grow at a 3.9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2010 and 2015, with revenues expected to reach $37.3 billion in 2015. But 2010 saw SSD revenue increase 103.4%, due to strong growth in the enterprise segment, albeit on a smaller base, reports IDC.

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Author: Steve Wexler

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