IBM finds that customers have a pent-up demand for solid-state disk technology. Already embracing solid-state disks to support growing data storage demands driven by cloud and analytic technologies, more than half of customers think their organization needs to develop a new storage approach to manage future growth.
The survey of 250 U.S. IT professionals demonstrates a need for the next class of storage that can be expand the market for solid-sate drives increasing data delivery at a lower cost. Almost half of IT decision makers have plans to use SSD technology and of those that are not currently using SSD identified cost as the reason.
IBM’s Racetrack memory would be a potential replacement to hard drives and flash drives. The device has no moving parts and could allow electronic manufacturers to develop devices of higher memory capacity, use less energy and minimize cost.
“Technology shifts and market forces are fundamentally changing the composition and design of storage systems,” said Bruce Hillsberg, director of storage systems, IBM Research – Almaden. “Evolving current storage technologies alone would not answer customers’ diverse and rising data storage demands. We’re constantly researching new materials and processes to extend existing storage technologies and get ahead of the performance and capacity requirements of future systems.”