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Author Topic: IBM To Invest $1 Billion in R&D for Flash-Media Data Centers  (Read 1040 times)


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...IBM's Ambuj Goyal, general manager of the company's storage systems unit, said the economics are lining up to make flash pervasive in data centers. Steve Mills, head of IBM's software and systems division, said flash is at a key tipping point and IT will see all-solid state data centers sooner than later...

He added that "the rotating disk has served us well," but what does become clear is that the economics have shifted toward flash. Mills added that flash can run $10 per gigabyte compared to $6 per gigabyte for rotating disk drives. However, traditional drives aren't fully utilized. "There's no question that flash has compelling economics," he said. The economic variables break down like this:

    * Data center space savings by putting 1 petabyte on one floor tile;
    * Cooling;
    * Better application performance;
    * Lower software via fewer cores, licensing and maintenance and hardware costs via better utilization and fewer servers;
    * Durability leveraging IBM's research and engineering on flash;
    * And better operational data.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2013, 10:39 AM by kyrathaba »