back to article How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames. Two CEOs went. Two companies crashed. Several were bought. All in all it was a hell of a year. Let's start with all-flash arrays. All-flash arrays Here's where a lot of the flash …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Been using SSD drives in my web servers since 2010, blindingly quick, reliable and power efficient.

    Flash is certainly the future, but I still struggle to see why these expensive enterprise solutions are actually needed.

    1. JohnMartin

      Different problems need different architectures

      The requirements for a webserver are quite different from the requirements for large scale VDI which are different again from the requirments for a mission critical online booking system.

      Linear scalability, consistency groups, application integration, compatability testing, snapshots, replication, deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, non-disruptive upgrades and a bunch of other things may only be of marginal benefit to you, but there are a lot of people for whom they are compelling featues, and strangely enough they are expensive to design, create, support, and improve.

      Those "expensive enterprise" flash solutions are surprising good value for a large number of use-cases.


      John Martin

  2. Noah Monsey

    What happens when NVMe SSD start shipping.

    What is going to happen to all of these Flash suppliers when Samsung starts shipping NVMe SSD (XS1715) with 740,000 IOPS and a sequential read speed at 3,000MB/s?

    I would love to see a story summarizing some of the new NVMe SSD and controllers that compares the NVMe devices to the current enterprise storage products.

  3. ducatis'r us

    Interesting article but:

    Avago, the re-named Avaya, is buying LSI, partly for its PCIe flash card business

    Surely some mistake??

  4. ByteMe

    "EMC had its XtremIO product on limited availability but went GA late in the year. Rumours are that it's now the the AFA volume leader."

    You must have heard that rumor directly from EMC because that half-baked POS isn't selling in our channels. Even loyal EMC customers have turned their noses up at it.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Interesting article but check your figures on Skyera. They can do max 44TB native (before raid) in a 1U system. So your figures are a whole order of magnitude out.

    1. gazthejourno (Written by Reg staff)

      Official reply

      From the article author, Chris Mellor:

      "Think you're confusing current Skera skyHawk all-flash array with coming skyEagle product which has up to 500TB in its1U case -

      Repeated here -

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