According to IBM, due to the recent advances in SSD or solid state disk based flash storage, the technology is at a tipping point that could result in cutting down data center operation and software licensing costs along with lowering latency and speeding up throughput. The company has pumped in a $1 billion investment which will be spread over the next three years. The money will go into extending the current flash technology used by IBM and integrating the same into its middleware, server and storage portfolio.
Considering the flash storage is an extremely inexpensive technology, it needs to be speeded up to catch up to the enhancements in performance that have been delivered by memory, network and bus speeds.
There are plenty of big names when it comes to the SSD space. There are also companies such as SolidFire which are looking at SSD to make a mark. IBM hopes that its hardware based approach will be the game changer.
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