The “Global Flash-based Array Market, by Product Type (All-flash Array, and Hybrid Flash Array), and by Enterprise Type (Large Enterprises, and SMEs), by Storage Capacity (Less than 100 TB (Less than 5 TB, and Between 5 to 100 TB), Between 100 to 500 TB, Between 500 TB to 1PB, and More than 1 PB), by End-use Vertical (BFSI, Healthcare, Media and Entertainment, IT and Telecommunication, Retail, Government, Manufacturing, and Other) and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa) - Global Forecast to 2027”, is valued at US$ 27,888.88 million in 2019, witnessing a CAGR of 18.0% during the forecast period (2019-2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.
Flash-based array is a drive, system, and repository that provides data or information storage on traditional disk memory devices and flash for an extended period of time. It includes two types of products such as all-flash array and hybrid flash array. All-flash array (AFA) refers to a storage infrastructure that contains only flash memory drives rather than spinning-disk drives. AFA is also referred as solid-state array (SSA), wherein it offers speed, performance, and agility for business applications. On the contrary, hybrid flash array is a solid-state storage system which is a mix of flash memory drives and hard disk drives (HDDs).
The global flash-based array market was valued for US$ 27,888.8 Mn in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.0 % during the forecast period
Growing adoption of virtual storage infrastructure is expected to drive growth of the global flash-based array market during the forecast period
Increasing adoption of virtual storage infrastructure has increased the demand for flash-based array solutions. Many organizations are preferring virtual storage infrastructure, in order reduce storage costs and enhance their storage performance. Furthermore, enterprises are facing performance and storage capacity challenges in the virtual environment due to existing traditional storage systems. All-flash array provides significant return on investment in highly virtualized environments. Hybrid flash array provides a blend of higher performance and capacity with proper mixer of HDDs and SDDs in a single array in an efficient manner. Moreover, flash array facilitates adding more virtual machines per server for better utilization of the physical server, which in turn, reduces cost of the host server. This, in turn, is expected to boost the global flash-based array market growth over the forecast period.
Growing deployment of AFA storage in machine learning and artificial intelligence applications is expected to present lucrative business opportunity
All-flash array is being increasingly used in artificial intelligence and machine learning for real-time data processing. Machine learning and artificial learning technologies are being adopted in numerous industries including, manufacturing, healthcare, automobile, and more, which in turn, is expected to boost the adoption of AFA storage. Hence, growing deployment of AFA storage in AI and machine learning is expected to pose lucrative business opportunity for market players.
Issues regarding performance and drive failure of AFA is expected to hinder the global flash-based array market growth over the forecast period
One of the major challenges associated with performance failure and drive failure of all-flash array is major factor hindering the adoption of flash-based array in various industries. AFA often fails to perform with all workloads, which in turn, is expected to hamper the global flash-based array market during the forecast period.
The global flash-based array market has become highly competitive with established storage system vendors providing competitive solutions. Companies such as Dell, IBM, HP, and more are offering novel products that focus on use, performance, reliability and scalability, prices, and global distribution channel. Vendors are offering innovative products at competitive prices with additional features.
Previously, flash-based array storage system startups gain significant traction in the market, owing to launches novel products. This hindered the market share of established companies as they used provide conventional storage systems. However, big six storage companies are developing storage solution-based on flash array technologies and have launched flash-based array products. Moreover, established companies have acquired start-up companies to integrate flash array technology with their traditional storage systems. For instance, in May 2012, EMC Dell acquired one of the leading flash array providers – XtremIO – to strengthen its presence in the global flash-based array market, and this development makes EMC Dell the leader in the flash-based array market.
Key companies operating in the global flash-based array market are Tintri, Inc., Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, IBM Corporation, Tegile Systems, Inc., Oracle Corporation, Kaminario Inc., Fujitsu Limited Pure Storage, Inc., Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., and NetApp, Inc.