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Flash deployment: Look before you leap
This article is part of the June 2013 Vol. 12 No. 4 issue of Storage magazine
The solid-state storage market is still a work in progress. A prudent approach will ensure that a flash deployment fits well with an overall storage strategy. Over the past year and a half, the market has been flooded with products designed to solve storage performance problems. Taneja Group has recently completed field research with several hundred storage practitioners regarding storage performance -- specifically what products and technologies enterprises are looking at to enhance data storage performance. It was clear from this exercise that IT priorities remain pretty straightforward. In the midst of all the buzz about cloud, server virtualization still rules the roost. After server virtualization, a basketful of storage infrastructure initiatives surfaced, followed by client virtualization. Cloud infrastructure was a distant fourth, with the prevailing impression that cloud is still too young, distant and/or opportunistic for it to be on the IT strategy radar. As we dove deeper into the study data, we found this set of IT ...
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The solid-state storage market is still a work in progress. A prudent approach will ensure that a flash deployment fits well with an overall storage strategy.