It’s that time of year again when everyone and his/her cousin starts looking back at the year before and predicting the year ahead. I’ve been scanning the Web for 2012 storage predictions, and as someone who lives and breathes SSD, I have to say that what I’ve seen warms my heart. Everyone seems to agree that 2012 will be a banner year for SSD.
Let’s start with SearchStorage.com, which waxes about the alignment of SSD stars and predicts “Flash” floods in the enterprise in 2012. The stars include lower flash prices, enterprise-ready MLC SSD, and more and more choices in all-flash storage arrays. In another posting it points to rapidly improving Flash endurance thanks to advances in architectures, algorithms, and controllers. Not to mention the unfortunate floods in Thailand making hard disks harder and more expensive to come by.
Similar metaphors come from ComputerWorld’s Chris Poelker, who predicts that SSD will become ubiquitous and pines for “2001: A Space Odyssey with HAL-like storage accessed at light speed over an optical holographic matrix.”