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Vol. 11 Num. 8 October 2012

Beware: Solid-state storage approaching the valley of vagueness

Keeping up with solid-state storage requires some technical know-how, but sometimes flash vendors make the technology harder for users to understand. You know those great Gartner graphs that show the hype cycle for IT technologies? The tech-tracking curve on the graph swings way up to indicate users’ inflated expectations, then plummets to the famed “trough of disillusionment” before inching up and settling into enlightenment and, eventually, productivity. These things always seem a little quirky, but they’re actually pretty accurate, especially for technologies that ultimately do catch on and get deployed in the real world. If you think about it, most techs go through a similar cycle. For solid-state storage, I think we’re probably well beyond inflated expectations and hopefully no longer wallowing in the trough of disillusionment, but the arc that should deliver us to Gartner’s “slope of enlightenment” doesn’t seem to be tracking per the model. In the case of flash, there’s another valley to cross before we get to the “plateau...

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