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Attention: Solid-state storage vendors make the technology harder for users to understand
2012-11-13 15:00:17

Attention: Solid-state storage vendors make the technology harder for users to understand
 

 

Keeping up with solid-state storage requires some technical know-how, but sometimes flash vendors make the technology harder for users to under

You know those great Gartner graphs that show the hype cycle for IT technologies? The tech-tracking curve on the graph swings way up to indicate users’ inflated expectations, then plummets to the famed “trough of disillusionment” before inching up and settling into enlightenment and, eventually, productivity. These things always seem a little quirky, but they’re actually pretty accurate, especially for technologies that ultimately do catch on and get deployed in the real world. If you think about it, most techs go through a similar cycle.

For solid-state storage, I think we’re probably well beyond inflated expectations and hopefully no longer wallowing in the trough of disillusionment, but the arc that should deliver us to Gartner’s “slope of enlightenment” doesn’t seem to be tracking per the model. In the case of flash, there’s another valley to cross before we get to the “plateau of productivity,” and it’s shaping up to be a treacherous place.

We’ve been saying all along that the solid-state market is still a pretty tech place and you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and dig into the technology to make the right decisions for your storage shop and company. That’s mainly because enterprise flash is evolving at a brisk pace. So the differences between a system that uses SLC.


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