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October 2013 Vol. 12 No. 8

Who knows where flash technologies shine brightest?

Flash technologies are cool, crazy fast and they're going to remake our data centers and how we implement storage. But deploying flash can also be pretty confusing. Recently, I was on a panel at the Flash Memory Summit and Exhibition conference held in Silicon Valley. The topic of the session was why flash storage should be considered an investment rather than just a cost. The panel consisted of three storage vendors and me. I'm not sure if I was there as an antidote to the vendors or for comic relief. If the latter, I still took my job on the panel seriously. The three amigos were smart guys who really knew storage and had some strong opinions about implementing solid-state storage. So, it didn't take long for them to start going at each other (in a very gentlemanly manner) about whose approach to "flashing up" storage was better. It was a minor turf skirmish based on a completely normal impulse to stand one's ground: Defend motherhood, the flag and the product portfolio -- but not necessarily in that order. Basically, the tiff...

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