A host of startups have already started warming the market for all-flash storage arrays, but so far the major storage vendors have yet to enter the market. That will change in 2013 as the majors start rolling out their offerings.
EMC will likely be first, thanks to its 2012 acquisition of XtremIO. HP has shown it is ready with the release of an all-SSD version of its 3Par storage array. HP, NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems, and maybe even Oracle will likely join the fray, with acquisitions of, or investments in, some of those startups the fastest way.
Those investments have already started, with one unnamed major storage vendor already taking an equity stake in WhipTail.