Survey finds flash increasingly the choice for high-performance storage needs

According to the survey, current and projected data growth are increasingly large enough to create a true challenge to storage platforms, forcing managers to invest in new technology.

Jeff Rowe | Aug 27, 2018 12:00 am

While the data storage concerns of health IT managers don’t necessarily run parallel to those of their peers in other sectors, it doesn’t hurt to look across sector walls to see what kinds of decisions are being when it comes to investment and storage planning.

To wit, the Enterprise Storage Forum recently conducted a major survey of IT and business leaders to gauge their data storage plans, and the answers help health IT managers who may be  struggling to plan storage purchases in this fast-changing tech landscape.

Entitled Data Storage Trends 2018, the survey provides the most comprehensive portrait of today's data storage landscape, from technology to hiring trends to budget decisions. At the end of this article, we discuss the five key takeaways from the survey.

For example, when asked “What storage technologies are included in your company’s current storage infrastructure?” cloud storage topped the list, but “flash/SSD and HDD are essentially tied. Modern storage platforms are at a transition point where these two storage mediums are nearly even; but it’s (a) safe prediction that flash will pull ahead in the coming years.”

Similarly, when asked, “To which storage technology has your company allocated the greatest amount of budget in the last 5 years?” HDD and cloud storage purchases shared the top slot at 21 percent each, but respondents noted that flash/SSD has been moving up for the last several years. 

Flash also garnered significant attention when it came to which storage technologies companies are seriously considering purchasing in the next two years.  More than a quarter (29%) of respondents pointed to Flash/SSD, with that number expected to grow as “flash is steadily becoming less expensive, and more all-flash-arrays (AFA) with cost-effective storage tiers are entering the market.”

As for key takeaways, the survey report noted that balancing performance and cost aren’t exactly new to storage administrators, but “what is new is the extreme storage performance that is now available with flash and flash accelerating technologies like NVMe.”

To be sure, given ongoing cost concerns it’s important for IT managers to conduct detailed cost analyses for high performance storage purchases, but flash adoption is steady and increasingly the choice of IT managers with high-performance storage needs.


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