Flash Media Packaging Decisions Secondary to System-Level Considerations in the All-Flash Array Market
This IDC study discusses flash media packaging options in the enterprise-class all-flash array (AFA) market. Within enterprise-class storage arrays, two main types of flash packaging at the device level dominate: solid state disks (SSDs) and custom flash modules (CFMs). This Technology Assessment delves more deeply into each approach, discussing their pros and cons from a systems-level point of view and concluding with guidance on where each approach may fit best from a workload point of view."As customers evaluate AFA platforms to replace aging legacy storage infrastructure, they will find excellent, enterprise-class options built around either custom flash modules or solid state disks," said Eric Burgener, research director for Storage. "When selecting the solution that best meets individual requirements, flash media packaging decisions should play a secondary role relative to the features an AFA delivers in terms of performance, endurance, availability, reliability, storage density, recovery times, and cost at the system level."