NEW YORK, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:
This report covers the market for high-performance flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs) for enterprise applications. It explains the technology, gives reasons for its acceptance and lack of acceptance in various applications, and details those applications. Other parts of the ecosystem, notably trade groups and standards, are described. The report concludes with forecast models for several key markets.
The study has been assembled by Objective Analysis through exhaustive research and interviews with participants held at various times over the past few years with participants from all sides of the market.
The market is forecast three ways: From the bottom up, analyzing the demand for enterprise SSDs from 22 end markets, from the top down, reviewing an enterprise HDD forecast and analyzing which parts of the market are threatened with replacement by SSDs, and finally by interface, a forecast that splits out the top-down forecast into markets for the three leading enterprise SSD interfaces.
Key findings are:
1. The market for enterprise SSDs will grow from 382,000 units in 2011 to 3.9 million units in 2016, representing an average annual growth of 59%.
2. Enterprise SSD revenues, which should reach $582 million in 2011, will grow at a 43% average annual rate $3.5 billion by 2016.
3. A significant share of this growth will be driven by steep price reductions in the SSD market supported by NAND price declines, a move from SLC to MLC flash, and other important price declines driven by a maturing of SSD controller technology.
4. Enterprise HDDs are threatened by SSDs, which initially replaced enterprise HDDs at a 10:1 ratio, but this drops to 3:1 by the end of the forecast period. This means that the Enterprise HDD market will shrink faster than the enterprise SSD market can grow.
5. Enterprise SSD were initially adopted in transaction processing systems but this technology is now more widely used in large Internet systems. The Internet will drive the majority of enterprise SSD growth for the remainder of the forecast period.
6. Although significant resources are being committed to SSDs by a number of companies, the technology is still young, and many pitfalls still need to be addressed. This report documents these pitfalls and the efforts being devoted to their solution.
Table of Contents
Executive Summary 1SSDs in the Enterprise 2Enterprise Server Types and what They Need 7Transaction Processing Systems 7Charge Card Processing 8Reservations Systems 9Algorithmic Trading 9Currency Exchange and Arbitrage 10Inter-Bank Transfers 11Other Real Time Transaction Processing Systems 11Video 12Video on Demand (VOD) 12HDTV Drives Higher Capacities 14Broadcast Video 15Video Production 15Large Internet Servers 16Real Time Data/Feed Processing 17Contextual Web Advertising 18Data Warehousing 18E-Mail Servers 19Internet Server Caching 19Other Applications 20Video Surveillance 20Call Centers 21Science & Engineering 22Electronic Design Automation & Modeling 22Weather/Life Sciences 23Aerodynamics Design 24Nuclear Fission Models 25Software Development 25SSDs and Virtualization 27How SSDs Complement Data Centers 29Access Density: A Growing Problem 29Random Read Misses (RRM) 32SSDs Offer High IOPS 33Comparing Both Read & Write Speeds 36Measuring IOPS per Dollar 39Another Important Metric: IOPS per Watt 40Reduced Power Consumption 41Boosting Reliability with SSDs 43HDD Reliability 43NAND Flash Endurance 44Reducing the Odds of Failure 46SSDs Stop Fragmentation Concerns 47Cost Savings 48Fewer HDDs 48Reducing the Cost of High-Performance Storage 49Server Count Reduction 49Less Cooling – Power Savings 50Cutting Floor Space 50Reliability 50NAND Wear Reporting 52Operating Temperatures 52Shock & Vibration 53Overcoming SSDs' Quirks 55Minimum Write Size 55Slower Writes Than Reads 56Inconsistent Performance 58Standards Help Improve Performance 63Building Standards for SSDs 63International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) 63Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) 64Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC) 64Solid State Drive Alliance (SSDA) 64Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface (NVMHCI) 65International Disk Drive Equipment & Materials Association (IDEMA) 66Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) 66Recently Developed SSD Interface Standards 67SMART 67Trim 68Why SSD Acceptance is Limited 69Scale Out vs. Scale Up Models 69SSD Costs 70SSD Wear Concerns 71Alternatives to SSDs 72Enterprise HDDs 72Short-Stroking or De-Stroking 73RAID Systems & Striping 74Various Models of SSD Adoption 77Fixed Cost 77Constant Throughput 78Constant Capacity 80Managing SSDs 82Managing Tiered Data 82Where Do SSDs Belong? 84The Impact of Price 86Enterprise SSDs will convert from SLC NAND to MLC 86Today's current large over-provisioning will be significantly reduced 88Controller technology will command a lower premium as it matures 89Enterprise SSDs' large DRAM buffer will shrink, reducing costs 89Enterprise SSD Price Forecast 90Total Cost of Ownership 93Forecasts by Application 95Transaction Processing Systems 95Media Servers 96Large Internet Servers 96Science & Engineering 97Total SSD Forecast 98Combined Application Forecast 98"Top-Down" Forecast 98Forecast by Interface 101SSD Interface Forecast Assumptions 102Methodology 105Further Reading 106Figures 107Tables 108
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