Flash storage already was the storage media of choice for applications requiring the highest performance. But with the cost of flash technology trending downward and improved software increasing flash reliability, availability and density, flash storage is filtering to an ever-wider range of IT and industrial applications. (And yes, CRN knows there is a shortage of flash memory that has temporarily arrested the downward price curve.)
As a result, the all-flash array market is booming. Research firm Dell'Oro Group in June estimated revenue for the all-flash array market grew 48 percent year to year in the first quarter of 2017 to just over $1.3 billion, and revenue for all of 2017 could reach nearly $7 billion, up about 40 percent over all of 2016.
CRN has been watching the developments carefully. Take a look at some of the coolest of those developments so far in 2016.
(For more on the "coolest" of 2017, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.")