Study Reveals All-flash Storage Technology Fuels Digital Transformation and Cloud Adoption

NEEDHAM, Mass., Sept. 28, 2017Kaminario, a leading all-flash storage company, today announced the results of a new online survey that demonstrates the critical role of all-flash storage, especially in business and IT transformation. Nearly 70 percent of respondents reported using flash for database-driven applications with the most common benefits including application performance, data center efficiency and simplicity. Results show All-flash Array (AFA) technology also being used extensively to drive innovation through the building of cloud infrastructure, real time analytics and mobile apps.

Analyst firm Freeform Dynamics surveyed more than 300 IT professionals and mapped their experiences and expectations with all-flash.

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 “One of the insights gained from recent Register readers survey is a clearer view of how AFA usage is evolving,” said Bryan Betts, principal analyst, Freeform Dynamics. “In addition to being enterprise-ready, all-flash is today’s ‘new normal’ and companies are leveraging it to drive business and IT transformation.”

“This report underscores what we’ve been hearing from our customers and why they rely on Kaminario K2 all-flash array to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives,” said Josh Epstein, CMO, Kaminario. “Businesses that are building cloud-scale applications are looking at all-flash as the transformational technology that supports the requirements of modern data centers in today’s on-demand world.”

The survey identified a relationship between AFA adoption and investments in orchestration and automation solutions to manage cloud environments. Freeform Dynamics observed that AFA technologies have penetrated the broader storage market in three waves: The first wave of flash was positioned around accelerating point applications. The second wave elevated flash use to general purpose applications, enabling businesses to develop transformational software. The third wave advances AFAs to the critical foundation layer for private/hybrid clouds, infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platforms and software-defined data centers.

Highlights from the report include:

A third wave is emerging: The majority of survey respondents currently using all-flash recognized opportunities around operational benefits in areas such as IT automation and reduced need for manual system tuning. The removal of I/O bottlenecks and the ability to respond to changing infrastructure demands autonomously through self-service storage management allows IT organizations to deliver better user experiences to the cloud scale applications they support.

Hybrid storage has been eclipsed: While there still are some areas where hybrid arrays are chosen, the survey shows that AFAs are becoming the dominant storage paradigm. This is a clear change from a year ago when users were more inclined to purchase a hybrid array or just a tier of solid-state drives to address specific performance issues. Even though database-driven applications are still the primary target for flash, more users than ever before are running the entire gamut of enterprise applications on AFAs.

About Kaminario

Kaminario, the leading all-flash storage company, is redefining the future of modern datacenters. Its unique solution enables organizations to succeed in today’s on-demand world and prepares them to seamlessly handle tomorrow’s innovations. Only Kaminario K2 all-flash array delivers the agility, scalability, performance and economics a datacenter requires to deal with today’s cloud-first, dynamic world and provide real-time data access — anywhere, anytime. Hundreds of customers rely on Kaminario K2 to power their mission critical applications and safeguard their digital ecosystem. Headquartered in Needham, MA, Kaminario works with an extensive network of resellers and distributors, globally. For more information, please visit www.kaminario.com.