Flash Storage innovation is at an all-time high with a continuous increase in demand for speed and agility to meet business requirements. Although legacy disk systems are still very much in use, they are losing their dominance. This is due to the resources and space they consume, comparative unreliability and the fact that they just don't deliver the same performance as flash. These drawbacks are becoming increasingly exposed as business itself moves and adapts at speeds that only flash can support. Because business is now digitally and data driven, faster application response times are an imperative. Flash delivers on this requirement but also packing a whole lot more.
Admittedly there is no one-size-fits-all when looking for the Flash that fits best with the company mission but perhaps that is a good thing. Given a range of options, businesses have better control of its data and how it responds to it and respond quick.
When it comes to availability and agility, in ensuring mission-critical applications are always available and responsive, Flash runs 3x faster with ultra-low latency and sub-millisecond response times than legacy disk systems.
Unlike disk, flash has no moving parts to create friction and heat and therefore costs less to maintain. It also won’t break down due to hardware failure for this same reason. With inline deduplication software, flash is optimised to work at a higher rate while also compressing the data, saving businesses the need for more storage capacity while lowering office space utilization.
As the company grows, options to scale become an important cost and space issue. With Flash’s ongoing choice and agility that’s available for general purpose and specialized solutions alike, starting small and growing without losing performance is suddenly a viable option. Being able to scale to more than 4PB of storage that can achieve 20x the capacity rendered by legacy systems, easily and at a fraction of the cost is possible now.
The performance that Flash offers, has benefitted every vertical from transportation all the way to the medical fraternity where genomics research relies heavily on data performance to accelerate the pace of discovery and impact on patient’s conditions in supplying a simplified management and high density storage.
Flash was built for the data economy and revolutionizing speed, efficiency and savings with close to 80% lower TCO than disk and up to 50% lower OPEX and CAPEX, while offering a consistent model for maintenance and renewals.
Having an All-Flash array at the business disposal will assist in accelerating applications and the IT roadmap with the speed, efficiency and affordability that All-Flash solutions provide. One such company that delivers an All-Flash portfolio is Dell EMC.
The range of features that flash arrays can offer means that they can be designed to fit different needs. That is why some of the larger companies such as Dell EMC have multiple flash array ranges. The design of each range is with specific needs in mind. Some can be for simplicity and ease of use, others for blistering performance and still others with greater resiliency built in to focus on mission critical apps. All these have options to also focus on driving down cost per gb to maxmise budgets.
The message is clear. The question is not, "Do I need flash storage?", rather "Which type of Flash storage do I need?"
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