Research and Markets: The Enterprise SSD: Technologies & Markets 2012

DUBLIN--()--Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "The Enterprise SSD: Technologies & Markets 2012" report to their offering.

This third update of Objective Analysis' acclaimed enterprise SSD report: Solid State Drives in the Enterprise, gives an in-depth look at the reason for SSDs' success in this market and predicts further developments. This highly-expanded 104-page report adds considerable depth to the market analysis and enhances the top-down and bottom-up forecasts (based on 22 end markets) with a breakdown by interface.

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.

Key Topics Covered:

  1. Executive Summary
  2. SSDs in the Enterprise
  3. Enterprise Server Types and what They Need
  4. SSDs and Virtualization
  5. How SSDs Complement Data Centers
  6. Solving SSDs' Quirks
  7. Standardizing the SSD
  8. Why Aren't SSDs More Common?
  9. SSD Adoption Models
  10. Managing SSDs
  11. Price Drops Coming
  12. Total Cost of Ownership
  13. Forecasts by Application
  14. Methodology

Companies Mentioned

- Fusion-io


- Intel

- Texas Memory Systems


- Pliant


- SanDisk

- Micron

- Hitachi

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Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager.
U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907
Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716
Sector: Computing and Technology


Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager.
U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907
Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716
Sector: Computing and Technology