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EMC Flaunts Flash

LAS VEGAS -- Flash memory technology will revolutionize the storage industry, offering a greener, high-performance alternative to traditional rotating disk technology, predicts EMC CEO Joe Tucci.

If there’s one thing that will change the storage industry in the next five to ten years, it’s the advent of flash technology,” he said during a keynote at EMC World yesterday.

Earlier this year EMC was the first major storage vendor to throw its weight behind flash memory-based Solid State Disks (SSDs), deploying the technology in its Symmetrix system.

Data access speeds on flash memory drives are typically much faster than rotating magnetic media, eliminating I/O bottlenecks, hence its growing popularity.

The technology will also enable vendors to squeeze more performance out of smaller drives, according to Tucci. “It will allow us to use smaller drives per energy usage,” said the CEO, during a Q&A with journalists yesterday afternoon. “It’s much more power efficient.”

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