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Published: 26 Sep 2013

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 centered on how much flash ... Access >>>

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