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October 25, 2016

Horse fails to bolt for healthcare but flash takes off in UK

Healthcare is a slow adopter despite the need for high-performance storage.

By James Nunns

Finance and manufacturing are moving ahead of the rest of the market when it comes to flash adoption.

The UK’s legal, finance, and manufacturing industries are exhibiting the highest levels of flash adoption and the market is showing signs of imminent growth in several other areas.

That’s according to data management company NetApp, which found that 46% of finance, and 46% of manufacturing are using flash technology while 50% are using it in the UK’s legal industry.

Laurence James, NEMEA Products, Alliances and Solutions Manager at NetApp said: “Our research shows that there is currently plenty of movement within the Flash market, with some industries proving to be stronger advocates of Flash than others.

“But the appetite is clearly there, and it’s encouraging to see growing demand even within sectors where the horse has not yet bolted such as Healthcare sector.”

The survey of over 1000 UK IT decision markets found that while some industries are keen to adopt the technology, others like Healthcare (45%) have no plans to invest in the technology.

IDC all flash array market share for Q1 2016.

IDC all flash array market share for Q1 2016.

This view is shared by 40% of retail participants, 31% of sales, and 33% of HR. However, while many have no plans to invest, the research argues that this is not because there is no need for flash in these industries.

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The research found that 47% of healthcare participants say that they need high-performance storage across multiple locations, but 64% are potentially unsure or say they do not known enough in order to make an informed buying decision.

Despite the concerns about adoption, other areas are showing signs of growth over the next twelve months. NetApp found that 27% from architecture, engineering and building, 22% from sales, marketing and media, and 22% from the travel and transport industries plan to adopt flash.

The survey was with 1002 IT decision makers in the UK, one in three are middle managers, ranging from IT personnel to directors and owners of business. One third represented 500- employee enterprises.

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