Will things be different in the enterprise? Probably not. My guess is that SSDs will comprise only a fraction of the enterprise's overall drive footprint, replacing mainly small-capacity, high-RPM, expensive 3.5-inch drives when demand for performance makes SSD a viable option.
However reasonable that may sound, I can't help thinking that enterprise SSDs already have a formidable challenger in the form of fast, 2.5-inch drives, the deployment of which could significantly reduce the need for flash storage at the high end.
Of course another rival technology is the volatile, RAM-based SSD, which is understandably more expensive but bears the promise of even higher performance than flash, as the comparison between these two arrays from Texas Memory Systems suggests.
Which begs the question: Are enterprise SSDs already doomed to a marginal presence, even before reaching their prime?