"These are the types of things that are truly necessary to help move the whole market from just being relatively small and a niche into more mainstream types of applications," Janukowicz said.
Meanwhile, the ranks of vendors pushing purpose-built, all-flash storage has expanded from startups to established vendors such as IBM and EMC, which last year began shipping its Xtremio flash arrays, he said.
IBM's introduction of both the new flash SAN array and memory-channel flash shows how solid-state storage is emerging in multiple forms for different needs, much as spinning hard drives have come in various forms, said Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Mark Peters.
The company is finally bringing its massive size to bear in flash with serious development efforts and market focus, Peters said.
"The IBM storage division is a lot more assertive and directed than IBM has been a few years ago, where really they thought that just stamping 'IBM' on it was enough," Peters said.
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