Data reduction on flash is really all about lowering the costs of using stored data. If data is the new black oil of the 21st century, then finding ways to leverage on that data makes economic sense at the least. Deduplication, Thin Provisioning and Compression lends the organisation the necessary technology to reach that goal. While not every vendor has the right formula for getting it right, getting the right one, can be highly advantages for the company.
However, to gain market segment, many vendors will use thin provisioning or snap savings from their data reduction to make up for poor core data reduction evaluation. Or mask performance impact by configuring data reduction per volume.
To have a clear view of the data reduction delivery, you need to know what the vendors inline and always-on data reduction is, and also when thin provisioning is being used.
Therefore, with data reduction technologies becoming more popular, having an eye to spot what works and what won’t for the organisation will come in handy. It is not limited to any one industry. In the case of Vidant Health, in testing production data, realised a more transformational consolidation strategy after seeing a 500% EPI EHR performance improvement on daily transactions. They have accelerated storage READ latency to less than a millisecond and online access to EHR’s is as fast as the patient’s internet speed is able to support.
Data reduction, with its multiplying affect across many aspects of arrays, has a few key benefits:
Multiplying the effective capacity of the All -Flash
Multiplying the performance of any applications through minimizing writes
Extending the usable lifespan and endurance of the flash media
Though flash is considerably durable, it is still crucial not to waste capacity or reduce lifespan through unnecessary writes. To gain the most value from it, its important to optimize its usage on each and every IOP and on all applications or data types. Data reduction, deduplication and thin provisioning gets flash working at its best.
DellEMC’s XtremeIO Data Reduction, with its state-of-the-art technology is well integrated with the global data services to give the user these optimization capabilities. XtremeIO clusters can support 360TB at 6:1 data reduction and able to support petabytes of application data through its snapshot functionality and as mentioned earlier, was key in making Vidant Health easily accessible to their patients.
XtremeIO Data Reduction is arguably the industries best in terms of consistent performance, flash endurance and it’s easy to use management. The capabilities offered here for data reduction, can assist the enterprise to scale with ease without incurring extra costs in infrastructure or applications. This frees up the business professionals to look at how the data they have will benefit the company and ultimately increase revenue without needing to worry about data collection.
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