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May 2013 Vol. 12 No. 3

Solid-state storage devices widely used, but still in small doses

A growing number of vendors are selling solid-state storage devices, but are users implementing them in their storage environments? Get the results of our latest survey. Just about every storage vendor sells solid-state storage devices, with a fair number of them pushing a variety of implementations. And it appears that users are listening and buying, as our latest survey shows 55% of companies are using solid-state storage versus 36% a few years ago. The most popular deployment is in hybrid arrays that mix flash with hard disks (53%); 40% use solid-state as direct-attached storage in their servers. On average, companies have been using solid-state storage devices for 15 months, and have an average of 5 TB installed (with plans to buy another 5.2 TB). Flash still isn’t cheap, so most respondents (61%) just use it for their critical apps. Thirty-two percent of solid-state drive users have tapped into the burgeoning market for solid-state software that promises to improve caching or tiering. Users like their flash; on a 1-to-5 ...

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