2012 was the year SSD started moving from niche status into the enterprise mainstream, building up the seasoning and enterprise-class features it needs to take off in the years ahead. It’s obvious that enterprise IT is taking notice, feeling more comfortable with the technology, and becoming more aware of its benefits and best uses.
Here are some of the trend highlights we noticed over the past year.
Sales continued to grow – SSD sales continue their upward trajectory. According to IDC, the market for enterprise SSDs will continue to grow to $5.5 billion in 2015. SSD shipments in general reached 12.9 million units in the first half of 2012 and are expected to reach 28 million in the second half, according to HIS iSuppli Memory and Storage Service.
SSD continues to close the price gap with HDD – Flash pricing continues to become more competitive with hard disk storage, and the gap is narrowing. SSD prices continued to fall this year, with the bare media cost falling well below $3 per gigabyte in 2012, compared with almost $9 per gigabyte in 2010. Adding to the lower cost are the cooling and real estate advantages of an SSD array compared with hard disk storage.