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IDC: SSDs Reshaping Enterprise Storage

After significant growth in the solid state storage market in 2011 that brought the total value of shipments to $5 billion, research firm IDC is expecting continued big growth through 2015. Within the enterprise market, there is increasing use of SSDs, a trend the research company expects to continue as prices fall and performance increases.

Many enterprises are using SSDs as a complementary technology to traditional enterprise hard disk drives. Enterprises are looking to SSD technology as a way to boost both performance and responsiveness, he says.

"In many cases, adding an SSD is done to increase performance and responsiveness. As a result, SSDs are being used to complement HDDs, and we are seeing enterprise HDD demand decline, but the introduction of SSDs is changing the mix toward more capacity-optimized drives versus performance-optimized drives [for example, 15K rpm)," Janukowicz says.

In contrast to the earlier days of the SSD market, SSD products are being embraced by all of the major storage and server OEMs, which is benefiting SSD vendors like STEC, Fusion-io, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Intel and Samsung, he says.

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