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MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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5/5/2014 | 8:04:46 PM
Re: Flash Array is the Trend
That makes sense. It'll be interesting to see how the pricing shapes up once competitors introduce products.
joreilly925
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joreilly925,
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5/5/2014 | 1:45:26 PM
Re: Flash Array is the Trend
I talked to Sandisk about new product releases, and couldn't get pricing. I think the reason they are cagey on pricing is that the market is going to see competitors soon, and price will be a major differentiator.

My take is the push to take the market from hard drives is well underway!
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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5/5/2014 | 1:16:57 PM
Re: Flash Array is the Trend
Thanks for the insight into SSD pricing Jim.

The first 4TB SSD you mention must be the SanDisk Optimus Max? The SanDisk press release talks a lot about it making SSDs a cost effective alternative to HDDs; it would have been interesting if the company had provided pricing detail.
joreilly925
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joreilly925,
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5/5/2014 | 11:58:02 AM
Re: Flash Array is the Trend
SSD pricing is a bit of an urban myth today. When we see comparisons, they are of top-line "Enterprise" SSD and bulk HDD. ($2000 versus $65  per terabyte).

What this ignores is that there are 1 TB SSD hitting the market for ;ess than the cost of the Enterprise HDD that they will replace. These aren't as fast as the race-car drives at the high prices, but they outperform the Enterprise HDD by around 100x or more.

These SSD are good enough for a lot of Enterprise usage, even if they have a shorter wear life. This problem can be overcome by limiting the drive to say 80 percent capacity - that's a major part of how the enterprise drives achieve longer wear life.


SSD prices are likely to drop further in 2014 with new denser packaging bringing production costs down and increasing capacity. The first 4TB SSD was just announced, btw.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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5/5/2014 | 11:14:17 AM
Re: Flash Array is the Trend
Hi Jim -- To Li Tan's point, what do you see happening with SSD prices? Is flash becoming more affordable?
joreilly925
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joreilly925,
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5/4/2014 | 12:36:40 PM
Re: Flash Array is the Trend
While I agree that disk will be around for a while, it will be as a second-tier bulk storage device. All of the performance drive/Enterprise drive market will move to SSD and flash and is in fact doing so quickly.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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5/4/2014 | 2:53:39 AM
Flash Array is the Trend
It's no surprise that Windows Storage gets flashy - flash array is the future trend from technical point of view. It's fast and reliable compared to traditional HDD. But traditional HDD will prevail for quite sometime - the cost is rather low and the performance is rather stable. SSD has undergone leap-forward recently. Now it's easy to purchase 1TB SSD from the market, though the price is still a little bit expensive.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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5/2/2014 | 5:09:21 PM
Violin recovery?
I wonder if this will help Violin Memory as it tries to recoup and reorganize after its disastrous IPO last fall and subsequent executive management shakeup?


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