By William Tan, head of Enterprise Solutions, Dell Malaysia
This year continues to be an exciting one for the storage business, with many significant announcements about companies and technology advancements riding on the momentum from 2015. As new storage options overtake traditional platforms in manageability and affordability, there is no better time to ease into a trial, or pilot, or even full-blown adoption. This year promises to be the year organizations in Malaysia and Asia Pacific consider including emerging storage technologies and frameworks in their budgets.
Flash is mainstream
Falling costs, automated tiering features for optimizing the cost of archival and a growing range of options all mean that flash will become common in data centers in 2016. In 2015, we saw the cost per gigabyte (GB) for hybrid flash and triple level cell flash (TLC) lower flash costs, making the technology more appealing to customers. TLC 3D NAND flash drives can cost the same per gigabyte as high end hard disk drives, yet offer an improvement of 24 times in performance, up to six times the density, lower latency and lower power consumption .
According to Frost & Sullivan , Malaysia is one of the markets that will drive demand for flash storage systems. Enterprises in Malaysia are more inclined to adopt hybrid flash drives or all-in flash drives for some of their critical data than other businesses in the region.
Early adopters for flash storage solutions have seen major benefits. A good example is Samitivej Hospital in Thailand which upgraded its hospital information system with a flash-based storage solution, maximizing performance and uptime while cutting cooling and power costs. What’s more, the flash-based storage cost 30 percent less than a competing solution. The Daqo Group, an industrial manufacturer in China, expects to see up to 300 percent faster data speeds compared to its other storage solutions after implementing all-flash storage arrays, giving the staff almost-instant responses to inquiries.
Flash is gaining a wider audience with increased implementation in the small and medium sized business (SMB) market. According to 451 Research, storage spending will increase the most this year on public cloud and all-flash arrays , while a regional IDC survey notes that 15.7 percent of businesses have deployed flash-based storage arrays .