Upgrading to enterprise flash arrays is no longer an IT decision it’s a business decision. The speeds and feeds associated with Flash, how many IOPs an array can deliver tell a story for the IT team but they don’t explain the impact for business.
In todays’ world, Flash storage can actually impact business success. Whether you are a service rendering company, a large construction company, or a small enterprise, when it comes down to servicing your customer, being able to do so at speed on digital platforms is becoming a business imperative. The speed that Flash delivers is no longer about competitive advantage it is arguably a requirement just to stay competitive.
Take a company that implements a VDI solution. For organisations with thousands of staff there are numerous security and management benefits of implementing VDI. However at peak times such as 9am when 80% of your staff log in and boot up VDI can become challenging. A system without the power to cope with such a peak load will lead to potentially thousands of employees wasting 10 to 15 minutes as they wait for their virtualised desktop environment to load. For a thousand people that translates to over 800 potential lost man hours per week.
For organisations that operate large data lakes such as medical care and hospitals, the time it takes to interrogate and analyse data can have effects on health and wellbeing of patients. Flash saves valuable time for patients by making information readily available to doctors and nurses. X-rays, lab results, vital signs and medications need to be made easily available. This helps the hospital achieve hospital-patient satisfaction. An All Flash Array helps make information flow seamless and ready as and when the caregiver needs it without issues of data lag.
In business environments that require big data analytics, flash is able to underpin search and analysis of massive amounts of data at speed. When it comes to deriving insight from data, timeliness is vital. Search results delivered to slowly mean that data is already out of date by the time it is provided to decision makers. Decisions on production runs to fulfil an unexpected spike in demand is dependent on Big Data Analytics provided in real time. Flash makes this possible.
The investment industry is another great example where real-time updates based on analysis of massive data sets are required. Flash storage underpins big data environments where information that is just seconds out of date can be the difference between millions gained or lost.
Dell EMC flash arrays are specifically designed to be able to support the enterprise or the corporate entity, or even schools and hospitals, so they are able to make important, time critical decisions, prevent unnecessary lag from populated servers and take care of the needs of their customers and users. Upgrading to Dell EMC flash arrays makes a lot of business sense if that organisation intends to keep abreast and not be left behind or left in the lurch by faulty flash product. In truth, we know the technology is fast but the important speed and feeds, is not the stats for iops. It is all about how it translates to business benefits at the end of the day, which makes the difference to the bottomline.
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