Speeding delivery of data is the main motivation for the trend
An IBM survey has shown that there is a pent-up demand for solid-state disk technology as a successor to flash and hard-disk drives.
The customer survey that demonstrates that customers are embracing high-performance solid-state disks to support growing data storage demands driven by cloud computing and analytics technologies, said IBM.
The survey of 250 US IT professionals in decision-making positions was conducted by Zogby International in August 2011 on behalf of IBM.
In the survey, over half of the respondents said that their organisation needs to develop a new storage approach to manage future growth.
IBM said that the survey also demonstrates a need for a new class of storage that can expand the market for solid-state drives (SSDs) by combining increased data delivery with lower costs and other benefits. Nearly half (43%) of IT decision makers say they have plans to use SSD technology in the future or are already using it.
Speed was a prime reason for the trend, while the main obstacle in the adoption of SSD is cost.
Speeding delivery of data was the motivation behind 75% of respondents who plan to use or already use SSD technology. Those survey respondents who are not currently using SSD said cost was the reason (71%).
IBM Research – Almaden director of storage systems Bruce Hillsberg said technology shifts and market forces are fundamentally changing the composition and design of storage systems.
"Evolving current storage technologies alone would not answer customers’ diverse and rising data storage demands. We’re constantly researching new materials and processes to extend existing storage technologies and get ahead of the performance and capacity requirements of future systems," Hillsberg added.