Is Flash Storage Right for You?

Flash Storage

Today, larger companies look for ways to store large volumes of data with faster retrieval and access times. Has your company ever considered flash-based storage? As organizations needs grow to have faster access to their data many companies like trading floors have turned to flash-based storage systems. Flash-based storage provides higher performance than those offered by other traditional storage methods. However, the cost of flash-based storage has been the major drawback for most companies to use this method.

Six Ways Flash Storage

Today, new flash technology is changing and will soon be a real possibility in mid-sized to large company's storage needs. When looking for data storage, consider these six ways flash storage is changing the future of data storage.

1. Flash-based storage is boosting data performance

The new purpose-built flash storage systems can accelerate your application response time, access information faster, and increase your power efficiency. The new flash technology can now support companies demanding needs in the cloud environment. Flash-based storage offers online transaction processing (OLTP), business analytic applications, and client virtualization. Today, CIOs are looking into flash-based storage for new ways to speed access to their stored data.

2. Flash-based storage reduces strain on your company’s infrastructure

When you move a large processing workload to a flash-based system, it allows the remainder of your infrastructure to function more efficiently. By shifting significant I/O loads to a smaller flash storage appliance your massive disk sub-systems are freed up to handle the remaining workload. Flash technology uses solid state drives (SSIDs) that help larger business shrink their infrastructure. Just 10 SSIDs can deliver the performance of several hundred hard disk drives. SSIDs reduce your company’s storage footprint, cooling needs, and power consumption. SSIDs don’t use read/write heads to the read data stored on the SSD. Therefore, SSID has less physical wear on the drive, reads data faster, and has fewer delays than a spinning disk does.

3. SSIDs eliminates the I/O bottlenecks your infrastructure experiences

If your IT team can eliminate the I/O bottlenecks in your infrastructure, your team can also eliminate the time they spend on making key applications run better. Flash storage, offers companies and CIOs a faster, more consistent user experience. Many large companies use SAP to run their organizations' data networks. With flash storage every ERP function that SAP performs, Oracle databases, and all SAP application runs faster with flash-based storage.

4. Flash-based storage eliminates costly network workarounds

Today, many large companies use “short stroking” to overcome their network limitations. Short stroking only uses a fraction of the network storage system spinning drives to hold data, while the rest sit idle. Therefore, the drive's heads don’t have to move far to access the data. However, short stroking costs increase because your network needs more drive capacity than it uses. Flash-based storage eliminates the high cost of short stroking and the number of disk drives needed for storing data.

5. Your companies IT budget goes further

In the past five years SSS and SSIDs have declined in price and increased in storage capacity. The larger storage capacity along with the lower cost makes flash storage suitable for today’s business applications. IT experts now predict that the future of flash-based storage will be the new IT infrastructure. IT departments will soon build their complete network around flash. All companies’ mission critical data will soon reside in flash-based system and everything else will still reside on serial ATA drives.

6. Flash-based storage will give companies a competitive advantage

Today, data centers new transformations are being driven by the way companies use their data. The new trend for Big Data and improved analytics capabilities will allow companies to extract the value of their data. With a flash-based storage system companies can now accelerate the analytical process of extracting their information faster. Therefore, companies gain access to their information sooner and gain a competitive advantage in the market.

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