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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Solid-state Drives (SSDs) have been on the edges of the storage market for years, but high prices have kept them from being considered for mainstream storage. Among the most widely used forms of solid state is NAND flash, which is in consumer devices like iPods and smartphones. Price drops in flash's raw materials and consumer awareness are stirring interest in NAND flash applications for the enterprise. SSD's fast read performance, durability and lower power consumption are also driving vendor investment. EMC became the first major vendor to include flash drives in its arrays when it added STEC's solid-state technology to Symmetrix in early 2008. "It's not just a couple of barely funded startups. I'm seeing smoke coming from all areas," says analyst Mark Peters, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, MA. "Whether it's laptops or Symmetrix, you see movements on all fronts." Texas Memory Systems has been in the DRAM-based storage business for years. It recently extended into NAND flash, according to Woody Hutsell, executive VP. "[Flash] has ... Access >>>

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