FLASH STORAGE BUYER’S GUIDE: A Comprehensive Guide to Evaluating Flash Storage

All-flash storage is a next generation infrastructure technology that can provide a competitive advantage for your entire company. It has the potential to unlock a new level of employee productivity and to accelerate your business by reducing 10 fold the amount of time databases and applications spend waiting for storage to respond with data. The “tipping point” for flash in the IT industry took place in 2014, as the storage market pivoted from mechanical disk to focus on delivering new products that qualify as all-flash storage. As the cost of flash continues to decline, flash has become the de facto enterprise standard for primary storage and the foundation for any cloud – internal, SaaS, or public.

Importance of All-Flash Storage

  1. Greater Application Performance: Flash easily delivers 10X the performance of hard disk drives allowing you to accelerate your applications whether that is processing more data transactions per second or dramatically reducing the time required to run batch processes. The performance promise is where many begin their journey to adopt flash.
  2. Responsiveness for A Digital Economy: The real advantage of flash storage is consistent sub-millisecond latency, making every application more responsive. Reduced latency has been cited by Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Walmart as the key to prolonging customer engagement, increasing sales, and raising user satisfaction in today’s digital economy.
  3. Operational Simplicity: Flash can greatly simplify application administration and storage operations by greatly reducing, and in many cases eliminating, configuration tuning and tweaking. Adopters of flash reclaim hours of staff time that can be reinvested and applied to strategic initiatives that advance the business.
  4. Accelerate Next-Gen Initiatives: CIOs seek to gain a competitive advantage with initiatives that often include agility, cloud (and cloud operating models), security, mobile, big data analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Flash provides the foundation that ensures next-gen initiatives will run as well in production as they do during the pilot and testing phases. The economics and agility of flash also accelerate the rise of internal clouds as a more secure, more performance, more resilient, and more cost effective alternative to the public cloud – giving enterprises greater flexibility and control around their business critical applications.
  5. Data Center Efficiency: Flash consumes a fraction of the power and rack space compared to disk storage. By adopting flash, data centers achieve resource efficiencies that allow them to host more IT services and store more data well into the future.

Key Takeaways from ‘FLASH STORAGE BUYER’S GUIDE: A Comprehensive Guide to Evaluating Flash Storage’

  • What you need to know about flash memory
  • The different classes of all-flash storage
  • Buying criteria for all-flash storage
  • How all-flash can simplify storage operations
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