According to a new research report from Gartner, IBM is the worldwide market leader in flash storage solid state arrays (SSA’s) based on revenue for 2013.
Flash, the memory technology used in everything from mobile phones and tablet PCs to thumb drives, is taking the enterprise by storm, helping businesses large and small improve the performance of applications as well as analytics in the era of Big Data.
Since IBM FlashSystem has no spinning disks, it offers ultra high performance, extremely low latency, and lower costs from energy savings.
In its Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide report for 2013, by Joseph Unsworth, published June 10, 2014, Gartner identified IBM as the leader with 25 percent of the Solid State Array (SSA) market share revenue.
Revenue from IBM’s FlashSystem product line increased 278% year-over-year from $43.4 million in 2012 to $164.4 million in 2013.
“Pure Storage has broad applicability predicated on its data reduction abilities and fresh marketing approach that has resonated well with customers,” Joseph Unsworth, a research vice president for NAND flash and solid-state drive (SSD) technology at Gartner, wrote in an e-mail.
IBM offers flash solutions across its expansive storage portfolio, including the IBM FlashSystem 840 and IBM FlashSystem V840 all-flash arrays, and the DS8000 and Storwize V7000 families of advanced storage systems, that can be configured as all-disk, all-flash (Solid State Drives), or hybrid (disk and flash) systems. In addition, the IBM XIV Storage System can support up to 12 terabytes of flash cache.
“Big Data provides tremendous opportunity for our global clients,” said Jamie Thomas, General Manager, IBM Storage and Software Defined Systems. “As organizations look to gain business insight out of the building digital tsunami, more are turning to IBM flash storage as a key accelerator.”
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