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Vol. 10 Num. 11 January 2012

Solid-state storage proving its worth among users

More than one-third of total respondents to a recent ESG survey said their organizations are leveraging solid-state storage in some form today. Based on a recent Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) survey on solid-state storage adoption trends among 223 IT professionals, there’s no escaping the conclusion that solid-state storage -- once viewed with skepticism due to price and performance tradeoffs -- is becoming a mainstream part of enterprise storage environments. Survey participants represented enterprise-class organizations (1,000 employees or more) in North America. For the purposes of this survey, “solid-state storage” was defined as storage that uses solid-state memory (most frequently in the form of various types of flash memory, but can also include DRAM) to store data. That means it resides in a storage system (in the form of a solid-state drive or SSD), in a storage controller, in a server or in a standalone appliance. However, for the purposes of this survey, solid-state storage didn’t include solid-state drives for ...

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