2012: Flash/Solid-State Drives To Supplant Disk?
December 29, 2011: It looks like 2012 could be a very big–if less profitable–year for the flash/solid-state storage industry, which should translate into good news for enterprise customers and not-so-good news for disk vendors, at least until the summer. Expectations are for a glut in flash and continued shortages in disk. For the second half of 2011, hard disk drives were predicted to account for 71% of the enterprise market, up 0.9% from the first half of the year, while SSDs were forecast to shoot up 61% to $1.35 billion from $843 million, according to IHS-iSuppli. A number of analysts expect that 2012 will see this move to flash accelerate.
Next year will see more solid state usage, not just volumes, but it will be used in more places by more users for more applications, says Mark Peters, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “The overall [modus operandi] for solid state will turn from an app-specific fix to a more general turbo-boost across the storage infrastructure. Solid state will become more normal, whether as standard component in storage systems, or as the key component in new storage systems, whether all-flash or hybrid.”
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