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Gartner touts growth of solid state storage in years ahead

Healthcare organizations digitizing their IT infrastructure and turning to data heavy initiatives like analytics need a storage solution that will support heavy workloads and scale to meet future demands.

Jeff Rowe | Aug 02, 2017 04:50 pm

As healthcare organizations seek scalable and flexible storage options across an increasingly digitized health IT landscape, they’re increasingly turning to solid-state array (SSA) storage.

That’s according to the Gartner 2017 magic quadrant for SSAs, which project that SSA performance will double in density and cost-effectiveness over the next year. Gartner also predicted that by 2021, half of data centers will use SSAs for high-performance computing and big data workloads.

“Together with the inclusive software, upgrade, reliability and effective capacity guarantees, these factors continue to make SSAs a convincing value proposition,” stated Gartner analysts, who also reported that the overall SSA market grew 72 percent in 2016 and prices dropped 40 percent in the last 18 months. “Most of the traditional incumbent and system vendors have transitioned their overall storage array businesses to SSAs, where more than 50 percent of new storage array sales are SSAs.”

The organization also noted, “Many IT departments are still moving to their first solid-state array, while the products and technology improvements change faster than customers can adapt their storage infrastructures. SSA development and change continue at a very fast rate. The ability of SSAs to share data between many applications and servers without the requirement to move data or storage, or to create islands of isolated storage, has improved data center agility.” 

SSA software is becoming faster due in part to Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe), and Gartner predicted that the inclusion of NVMe in SSDs will increase exponentially over the next year.