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Quick Thought: Gartner SSD Market Analysis

Quick Thought: Gartner SSD Market Analysis

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Chris Mellor did a quick write-up on some of the details in Gartner’s latest SSD market report.  The document, entitled “Market Share Analysis: SSD Component and SSD-Based Appliances, Worldwide, 2012” was issued in June and if you’re so inclined can be purchased online.

Some of the detail Chris showed, including Samsung’s  SSD dominance, is interesting, but what I found worthy of discussion is what isn’t explicitly said.  For example, all of the existing traditional array vendors seem to be getting included with the bespoke flash vendors – I doubt EMC has already sold $61m in XtremIO sales.  So are Gartner really comparing like with like, if a large portion of the sales in the table are simply traditional arrays rammed with SSD?

What about the other startups?  Presumably the likes of Kaminario, GreenBytes and SolidFire are included in the others section.  What about HP?  Have they sold no flash at all?

As I have no access to the report, I can’t confirm what is and isn’t included, however I think more granularity into what’s being classed as an all-flash array would be useful.  I also expect that the next report will show a very different picture indeed.  One final thought.  The total of $370m seems a tiny amount in respect of the overall sales of external storage arrays.  Tracking that number on a quarterly basis will surely be a very interesting bellwether on the status of the storage market.

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  • http://www.purestorage.com Matt Kixmoeller

    Chris – agree that the report opens as many questions as provides answers…you hit some good ones. I did a post on our take here: http://purefla.sh/18gCcLK

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