Plug It In: The Future of Flash Storage, According to the Experts

Business.com / Technology / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

The future looks bright for flash storage! Dropping in price and increasing in capacity, these little plugins are revolutionizing computing.

We may be in the midst of a technological revolution, only this one is going on behind the scenes.

While people may focus on the very visible advances made with smartphones, virtual reality technology, and wearable devices, other advances of a more hidden variety may be going on that could have just as big of an impact. 

Flash storage is currently on target to surpass the more traditional hard disk drives that many people are familiar with.

Of course, talking about flash storage may not be as tantalizing as what types of phones Samsung and Apple are coming out with next year, but this shift in storage strategy could play a crucial role in our lives, especially when it comes to the technologies we use.

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Equally important is its influence on how businesses conduct their operations. With this scope in mind, it’s difficult to underestimate the impact the future of flash storage will have on everybody.

Future of Flash Storage

Allow the experts to discuss how promising the future of flash storage is. In a recent interview with SiliconANGLE, Manish Goel, the SVP and GM of HP Storage, spoke at length about the progress flash storage has made in just the past few years along with what the future holds for the technology. 

Goel sees more and more businesses adopting flash storage, going beyond asking what is flash storage to understanding its benefits. That is because, according to Goel, flash storage technology hits the trifecta for getting businesses to adopt it.In essence, that trifecta is being cheaper, faster, and better than the traditional method. Goel outlines that using flash storage can attract new customers and advance those that a business already has, in part because flash is simpler to implement and doesn’t have the moving parts associated with hard disk drives.

In essence, that trifecta is being cheaper, faster, and better than the traditional method. Goel outlines that using flash storage can attract new customers and advance those that a business already has, in part because flash is simpler to implement and doesn’t have the moving parts associated with hard disk drives.

Price Drop

The mantra of cheaper, faster, and better is one that flash storage advocates are quick to emphasize, though it wasn’t always this way. For many years, flash was the more expensive option when compared to hard disk drives, but any advantage hard disks had in that category has slowly eroded away. 

Expert predictions have indicated a price parity between the two will likely be reached in 2016. HP’s 3PAR flash specialist Phill Gilbert showed last year that the price of flash storage declined by an impressive 75 percent over an 18 month period. This was said in May of 2015, and prices have only dropped even more from that point on. The days of hard disk drives being the cheaper option may soon be over, making flash storage a viable option for more businesses.

Flash Capacity Could Beat Hard Disk This Year

Even the hard disk advantage of capacity may soon vanish. Many experts are now predicting that flash storage will surpass HDD capacity sometime in 2016.

Some even go as far as saying that we’ll see 30TB solid-state drives as soon as 2018. The result will likely be an uptick in the use of enterprises adopting flash storage as their primary storage option. Beyond that, there are other factors contributing to the surge in flash acceptance. 

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Flash storage is now actively used for storing and processing active data, a vital step in performing big data analytics. Big data is another of those trends that has quickly caught on among businesses and organizations, and it’s one that will likely be around for a while. Hard disk drives were at one time used for active data, but David Foyer, CTO and co-founder of Wikibon, says that is no longer the case anymore.

Flash storage can improve database performance and reduce latency, making it a valuable component of using big data. In other words, if businesses really want to take advantage of big data, they’ll need flash storage on hand.

Quick adoption of all-flash arrays is also in the cards, along with greater acceptance of hybrid arrays. This means that there are many more scenarios in which flash storage will be used when compared to a few years ago. In many ways, the war between flash storage and hard disk has already been fought, with flash coming out on top.

There will still be some uses for hard disk, but flash has shown itself to be the superior option, especially in a world centered on big data. That means a bright future, filled with growth, cheaper choices, and increased performance. It’s a world filled with new technologies that can truly change our lives.

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