Flash, Particularly NVMe, Set To Take Over The Data Center
Gone are the heady days of fast growth for the storage industry, which is seeing total spending on external storage starting to plateau. However, there is one big bright spot: flash storage, which is still finding double-digit year-over-year growth. This is seen in the latest report from research firm IDC, which in December reported that worldwide enterprise external OEM storage systems rose a mere 1.3 percent over last year to reach 6.6 billion, while the all-flash storage array sales rose 11.7 percent during the same period to reach $2.58 billion.
Leading with way in terms of technology this year is NVMe, the new high-performance connectivity technology that is getting adopted into most new all-flash storage arrays. This is a trend likely to continue in 2020 and beyond. The year also saw the introduction of new high-capacity SSDs and even high-capacity IoT storage, both of which pave the way for further adoption of flash storage.
CRN has been watching the developments carefully. Here are some of the coolest of those developments so far in 2019.