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Virident Survey Reveals Sustained Performance in Real-Life Workloads Is Number-One Consideration for Enterprises Before Making a Flash-Storage Purchase

Majority of Respondents Plan to Make a Flash-Storage Purchase in the Next 12 Months, See Need for a Better System to Evaluate Options

MILPITAS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/11/12 -- Virident Systems, a performance leader in flash-based storage-class memory (SCM) solutions, today revealed the results of a survey of 145 enterprise IT professionals regarding their requirements for flash-storage purchases. Fifty-five percent of respondents identified sustained performance in real-life workloads as the number-one factor when choosing a flash-storage solution, and a majority (65 percent) indicated they plan to make a flash purchase in the next 12 months. This survey discovered 60 percent of respondents find it increasingly important to develop industry-standard, application-level benchmarks to fully evaluate flash-storage performance.

Key Challenges
Achieving sustained, predictable performance over time and workload remains a key challenge for flash storage, as indicated by the 40 percent of respondents experiencing mediocre or worse performance in terms of latency, response times and predictability with their current solution. Such widespread disappointment indicates an underlying issue. The survey uncovered that half of respondents (50 percent) have difficulty finding benchmarking tools to accurately evaluate flash-storage performance. Of these respondents, 41 percent find it difficult to recreate close representations of real-world application environments, 39 percent indicate existing benchmark tools do not accurately represent real-world application workloads, and 20 percent do not believe benchmark tools exist.

Sixty percent of respondents replied "yes" when asked if a simple-to-use and standardized benchmark is needed to evaluate flash storage. Of that 60 percent almost half, or 45 percent, cited the need for a simple-to-implement benchmark that can approximate specific workload environments and is normalized to allow easy comparison across vendors.

"While the potential benefits of flash storage are well known, we still see a large number of instances where flash storage is not providing the expected performance," said Brian Garrett, vice president at ESG (Enterprise Strategy Group) Lab. "The cause is that when evaluating flash storage, it is important to use a benchmark that is simple to use and provides an accurate approximation of your specific workload that is normalized and easy to compare across vendors. Without accurate results provided by a benchmarking tool, it is difficult to determine the ideal flash storage for a particular environment."

Key Drivers
The survey revealed a steady increase in the use of flash storage, with over three-quarters of respondents (77 percent) either already using flash storage or planning to use it within the next 12 months. Respondents indicated the benefits behind this trend:

  • 82 percent indicated performance
  • 47 percent indicated capacity
  • 42 percent indicated scalability

"The findings show that while IT recognizes the advantages of flash storage, issues with sustainable performance can impact ROI," said Shridar Subramanian, vice president of marketing at Virident Systems, Inc. "The survey demonstrates that the market requires a flash-storage solution that is capable of delivering sustained performance over time and across workloads. By delivering these features, flash allows customers to integrate it into their existing environments to meet the needs of i/o-intensive applications such as Oracle databases and VDI."


  • View an infographic of the survey results here.

About Virident Systems
Virident Systems enterprise-class Storage Class Memory (SCM) solutions deliver unconditional, consistent performance that supports the most data-intensive content and applications. The inherent advantage associated with this disruptive technology revolutionizes computing by speeding application response time and optimizing datacenter efficiency for new levels of ROI. Virident Systems is backed by strategic investors, Intel®, Cisco® Systems and a storage solution provider, as well as Hercules Technology Growth Capital and venture investors Globespan Capital Partners, Sequoia Capital, Mitsui Global Investments and Artiman Ventures. For more information, visit

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