Enterprises begin to embrace SSD

SSD technology

Adoption of solid state disks (SSD) is growing in the enterprise market, according to a new report.

Consulting firm the Gerson Lehrman Group believes the change in price and better understanding of the technology is increasing the popularity of SSDs.

"As the long term price of flash memory continues to come down, and SSD suppliers get a better handle on how to use 2 bit, 3bit, and bit MLC flash by developing reliable controllers, SSDs will continue to become more attractive in both the enterprise space as well as the consumer notebook space," the report states.

The report follows strong results from storage company STEC, which has improved its market position through the development of SSDs for enterprise level storage arrays.

EMC and Sun were both early adopters of the technology and the report's author, Jerald Kolansky, former worldwide vice president of sales at PLX Technology and now a GLP consultant, thinks others will soon follow.

The report said: "Other suppliers such as Western Digital [and] Seagate will also probably enter this market in the future."

"Investments in firms such as Sandforce who are developing NAND flash controller technology will also benefit from the trend to SSDs."

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