State of Storage: Solid State Takes Hold
The virtualization and "software defined" wave is moving through the storage market, according to InformationWeek's 2013 State of Storage Survey. Companies are looking at storage hypervisors, software-defined storage and cloud services to optimize their deployment and management of storage for virtual workloads and networks.
But we're also seeing strong advances in hardware, particularly in solid-state technology, where flash memory is becoming faster and less pricey. Flash caches, solid-state drives and all-solid-state systems are pervading all levels of enterprise storage, from disk mechanisms and server-based caches to standalone arrays.