Is 2014 Really the Year of the All-Flash Array?
Adding flash to disk array systems was inevitable, as spinning disk-based storage hit the performance wall and virtualization kept pushing the demand for more IOPS. These early systems were expensive, implementation was difficult and feature sets were extremely basic or non-existent. As a result use cases were limited to the performance-hungry applications that also could be directly tied to more business; in other words those applications where improved response times equaled more revenue for the organization. But a lot has happened with flash since this technology started appearing in storage devices about a decade ago.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly Newsletter.