Flash Storage: Ignoring The Speeds And Feeds
High performance in all-flash storage is expected. But in 2016, performance itself ceased to be a key differentiator in the all-flash storage market. Instead, vendors in 2016 pushed new software and data services to the forefront as they looked to get a bigger part of the storage business.
Virtualized flash storage appliances, new ways to turn flash into a service, new licensing schemes, and new technologies like NVMe were among the ways vendors differentiated their wares from smaller vendors for which speed was the key feature. In an age where someone can always make something a bit faster and less expensive than everyone else, the winners were those vendors that refused to play the commodity storage game.
CRN has been watching the developments carefully. Take a look at some of the coolest of those developments from 2016.