IBM overtakes EMC in flash storage SSA market in 2013: Gartner

IBM is leading the flash storage solid state arrays (SSA’s) market based on 2013 revenue, ahead of EMC, said Gartner.

In 2013, IBM had 25 percent of the Solid State Array (SSA) market share revenue, said Gartner. The IBM report does not talk about the share of EMC.

In 2012, Violin Memory and EMC were ranked first and second, respectively.

Flash, the memory technology used in mobile phones, tablet PCs, thumb drives, etc., helping businesses improve the performance of applications as well as Big Data analytics.

IBM offers flash solutions including the IBM FlashSystem 840 and IBM FlashSystem V840 all-flash arrays, and the DS8000 and Storwize V7000 storage systems, that can be configured as all-disk, all-flash (Solid State Drives), or hybrid (disk and flash) systems.

In addition, the IBM XIV Storage System can support up to 12 terabytes of flash cache.


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Memorial Hermann Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, last year migrated from physical to electronic medical records (EMR) from Cerner to speed the sharing of patient information among medical staff.

The company tapped IBM FlashSystem 840 and SAN Volume Controller storage virtualization software, and the IBM Flex System x240 and gained better performance. The IBM systems have helped the health system cut power consumption by 96 percent, cooling requirements by 95 percent and physical storage space usage by 98 percent.

“By quickly processing the medical records of all patients across our hospitals in real-time, it enables us to detect patterns that indicate the onslaught of a bacterial infection that may lead to sepsis and take action within minutes—which can be the difference between life and death,” said Robert Murphy, chief medical informatics officer at Memorial Hermann.