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September 04, 2014

Storage Provider Cites Need for Flexibility as Demand for SSDs Rises

A data storage provider recently announced that it is noticing a surge in the demand for both hybrid and flash storage arrays as the overall market continues to grow, and businesses latch on to flexible storage mediums.

In its announcement, StorTrends specifically notes that its StorTrends 3500i storage network device is the only one of its kind that combines solid state drive (SSD) caching and tiering upgrade possibilities into one appliance. It notes that the storage solutions is catered to support virtual and mixed-load environments such as VMware, Microsoft (News - Alert) Hyper-V, Citrix, and RHEV, and it points to research from the International Data Corporation to explain the demand it has seen in recent months for packages such as the 3500i.

IDC (News - Alert) reportedly expects the solid state drive market to show a compound annual growth rate of 26.9 percent over five years from a value of $3.3 billion in 2013 to $10.9 billion in 2018. The 3500i is capable of supporting upgrades from 200GB SSD drives all the way to 2000GB SSD drives, and StorTrends can help its customers identify which size drives they need with the proprietary iDATA tool that analyzes capacity utilization, IOPS usage, network bandwidth, overall performance, and other statistics that can provide a picture of an organization's needs.

In addition providing an all-SSD storage system, StorTrends says it also provides HDDs that can mix within the 3500i system to provide a mix of capacity and performance. SDDs are known for their speed, but HDDs can provide users with higher storage capacities, so users who desire a mix of performance can place rapid-access flash layers on top of HDDs to give themselves a blend of everything they need.

Users are reportedly able to construct towers from any configuration that suits them, however a typical all-flash setup usually mixes four SSDs for tiering and two for caching, StorTrends reports. This comes in contrast to what the company says most providers offer: "only cashing or only tiering." Flexible models such as the 3500i may become more common among vendors if the market continues to rise as IDC expects and as businesses invest more in virtual and mixed-workload environments.




Edited by Maurice Nagle
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