​Flash arrays hit $11.3 billion in revenue, says IDC

Flash arrays are gaining momentum in the data center and technology buyers need to ponder a storage system swap when older gear is retired.

Flash storage arrays---hybrid and all flash---topped $11 billion in revenue in 2014, according to IDC.

IDC said that sales of all-flash arrays and hybrid systems totaled $11.3 billion in 2014. The bulk of those sales were hybrid systems at $10 billion with all-flash arrays coming in with $1.3 billion in revenue.

That split isn't that surprising. The large storage vendors such as EMC, NetApp, IBM, HP, HDS and Dell have pushed hybrid systems in part because they have a big hard disk storage business too. Startups such as Nimble, Pure Storage and SolidFire are selling all-flash systems.

IDC said that IT buyers need to make sure enterprise features such as snapshots, clones, encryption, replication and quality of service are in place before going with all-flash storage systems. Once that hurdle is clear, IDC is recommending technology buyers go all-flash when retiring their existing storage systems.

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