Feature

Beginning of the end for hard drives?

Ezine

This article can also be found in the Premium Editorial Download "Storage magazine: Top features in data backup applications."

Download it now to read this article plus other related content.

Enterprise-ready solid-state storage hasn't been around for very long, but 34% of the respondents to our latest Snapshot survey have solid state up and running. Price is still an issue, but disk's days may be numbered.

Solid-state storage is getting a lot of buzz these days, with enterprise data storage managers envisioning data centers minus the hum of spinning disks. But plenty of technologies have been tripped up by their own hype, never making the transition from cool to real.

Solid-state storage appears to be overcoming that stumbling block right now. In our latest Snapshot survey, 34% of respondents said they're using some form of solid-state storage, and some have had it in their shops for years. To keep things in perspective, it's hardly a solid-state tsunami that we're seeing, as the average installation adds up to 1.5 TB. That's equivalent to approximately 94 16 Gig iPods, but it shows that solid state has gone from zero to 60 mph at a pretty snappy pace. The chief beef about solid-state storage is price, as well as some lingering doubts about a technology that's still relatively new to enterprises. But the early results look good: 80% of solid-state users are either satisfied or extremely satisfied with their flashy new storage.

Requires Free Membership to View

"Hope the price comes down -- we will use it in all the servers. The power consumption is great, and the speed is, too." -- Survey respondent




BIO: Rich Castagna (rcastagna@storagemagazine.com) is editorial director of the Storage Media Group.

This was first published in March 2010

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: