Survey discovers that flash will lower disk presence in data centers!

California based Atlantis Computing has carried out a survey which reveals that flash storage is slowly displacing disk based storage in data center environments. This survey which includes 1267 IT professionals as respondents was conducted by ActualTech Media in 4Q 2015.

According to the report, just 1% of data centers have gone all-flash till date and 6% of data centers are using flash for more than half of their storage needs. Therefore it clearly suggests that enterprise flash storage vendors will be top business gainers from data center market in next three years. And that is due to the fact that flash accounts to less than 10% of enterprise storage capacity of most data centers.

The survey also found the following in this regard-

  • Twenty one percent of data centers contain no flash storage to speak of.
  • 1 in 5 respondents who took part in survey admitted that they will fully decommission their disk based storage systems over the next two or three years.
  • The survey also revealed that 35% of respondents admitted that they will expand the usage of software defined storage and hyper converged infrastructure in next 18 months.
  • Software-defined storage (SDS) and hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) are also growing in popularity, helping to change the way enterprises budget are being allotted for storage.
  • Therefore, rather than buying three to five years worth of storage, data center admins are opting for “ just in time” approach to storage- all thanks to easy scalability opportunity offered by storage vendors offering the admins with the said architectural options.
  • The report offers no surprise that industry is moving towards flash as economics of flash storage is improving.
  • And as raw price parity is achieved, one can expect to see spinning disks quickly falling off in terms of usage.
  • On an additional note, Flash simply carries with it far too much performance potential when compared to disk.

So, all those offering all-flash or hybrid storage systems will be happy to know that flash based storage has a bright future ahead.


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