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British IT decision makers encourage shift to flash-based object storage

A survey revealed that most British IT decision makers believe the rapid emergence of transformational digital business initiatives such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), automation, and analytics is the driver behind increasing adoption of all-flash object storage.

Scality announced the results of the survey, completed by IT decision makers across the UK, France and Germany, revealed a fundamental shift in the industry towards flash-based object storage to fuel AI, ML, automation, and big data analytics in place of other forms of primary storage. All flash object storage provides comprehensive data protection of and rapid access to massive volumes of unstructured data, powering the heavy workloads of these digital business initiatives.

The survey indicates that Europe is mature for this change, with 90 per cent of respondents across all three countries stating that this move to all flash object storage will occur within five years. Notably, France seems most convinced that this digital transformation will happen in under three years (76 per cent), followed by Germany (72 per cent) and the UK (43 per cent).

“As flash becomes available at higher densities and lower costs, it is now suitable for high-capacity data storage,” Paul Speciale, chief product officer at Scality, said. “Object storage has begun to embrace flash media and, as the cost of flash decreases, it is likely to become the default media for object storage and will effectively make object storage the new primary storage for a much broader range of applications.”

Not only does all-flash object storage provide extremely high performance, thereby accelerating AI/ML environments, empowering business intelligence/analytics, and increasing infrastructure performance and utilisation, it also lowers the total cost of ownership and improves application development.

In the survey, IT decision makers across various industries including financial services, telecom, professional services, manufacturing, and retail, were asked: “Do you think flash-based object storage will dominate storage platforms to fuel AI, ML, automation, and big data analytics, in place of other forms of primary storage?” The vast majority of UK respondents (77 per cent) said this move to flash-based object storage will happen in the mid term (one to five years),

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