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The 10 Coolest Flash Storage And SSD Products Of 2016 (So Far)

CRN looks at 10 of the all-flash storage arrays, SSDs and software introduced so far in 2016, with an emphasis on software and new functionality over pure performance.

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Flash Storage: It's Not All About Performance Any More

Even as total spending on storage continues to fall, enterprises and other businesses are pouring money into flash storage technology. IDC recently reported that total enterprise storage systems sales reached $8.2 billion in the first quarter of 2016, down 7 percent over last year, while total worldwide external storage systems sales fell 3.6 percent year over year to $5.4 billion. During that time, however, all-flash storage array sales grew 87.4 percent during the first quarter of 2016 compared to last year.

While increased sales of all-flash storage solutions have typically been driven by the falling cost and increasing performance of flash storage technology, 2016 is seeing vendors move to introduce new capabilities beyond pure performance, including software-defined solutions, better pooling of flash among multiple systems, and more enterprise features.

CRN has been watching the developments carefully. Turn the page, and take a look at 10 of the coolest of those developments so far in 2016.

(For more on the "coolest" of 2016, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.")

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