Part 1 of 4: IBM’s Flash Ahead Initiative

Needless to say, I was delighted to learn that IBM has built a super-fast, hardware-oriented flash array. Finally a major vendor is tackling the storage performance problems that have dogged the IT industry for years. All in all, IBM‘s FlashSystem announcement was impressive from many perspectives. The $1 billion that IBM is investing shows that the company expects this to be a huge market. The introduction of the advanced technologies is another impressive element. But my main take-away was this: there is now a solid argument in the market that justifies widespread use of flash storage in the enterprise.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.


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