The Four Stages of All-Flash Storage

Chris Evans of Architecting IT comments:

This week has seen yet more stories and announcements on all-flash storage.  IBM released new FlashSystem products based on XIV and an all-flash version of their mainframe/enterprise platform, the DS8888.  I had another briefing from Violin (although that didn’t reveal anything new) and rumours started to swirl that X-IO Technologies might be stepping away from the AFA business.  Speculation from Chris Mellor over at The Register is that we’ve reached a level of maturity in this market that is keeping the smaller players out while a few “big boys” are making all the money.  The way I see it, the situation is more complex than that, but there’s still opportunity out there, for the right solution.

These stages aren’t only for the all-flash market. Chris does a great job here of pointing out the growth that happens in a lot of industries and where the focus lies.

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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