Top 10 Reasons to Look at Flash Storage

October 14, 2016 · steveverbanic · · Comments

Trends, such as the increasing number of mobile users and the Internet of Things (IoT), are contributing to an explosion of data, giving us more data points to make decisions. By 2020, we will have 44 trillion gigabytes of data, with more being added every second.

Not only is this data necessary for business operations, but it is also becoming central to business strategy and critical to business success. As proof, in 2015, 53% of IT decision-makers said that they were planning or implementing data-driven projects, with an additional 8% considering new projects.

To accommodate this growth, businesses need new storage solutions such as all-flash storage, which offers numerous advantages such as increasing server CPU utilization, consolidating servers and databases, accelerating IT service delivery, and reducing database license fees.

Here are the top 10 reasons flash storage is worth a look:

  • Flash storage aligns with business goals. Because flash storage allows data to be accessed more quickly in comparison to disk storage, businesses can speed up workflows and transactions. This can increase productivity by enabling employees to spend more time on their core competencies and in turn contribute to increased customer retention.
  • Flash storage technology has already made great strides and will continue to improve. Over the past several years, the performance of flash storage has increased significantly and is also much easier to use.
  • Flash storage is more affordable. Many people are under the mistaken impression that flash storage is prohibitively expensive, but with the new compression techniques that reduce data, flash storage is oftentimes less expensive than disk storage. This technique also means that you can reduce the number of licenses you need thereby lowering fees.
  • Disk storage is too slow and inefficient. Technology users today expect lightning speed, and disk storage is no longer up for the task. As IT infrastructures become more complex, there is serious potential for increased latency from traditional storage solutions, while flash storage is able to reduce latency.
  • Small and medium-sized businesses can now benefit from flash storage. Now that consumer grade MLC flash is available, small and medium-sized businesses can take advantage of the benefits offered by flash storage. These devices are both affordable and user-friendly.
  • Flash storage enables high performance with low latency for complex systems. Complex IT systems that make use of virtualized servers and machines particularly stand to benefit from flash storage. An all-flash storage system can handle the high workloads that complex systems require.
  • Flash storage can handle both present and future needs.When designing a data center infrastructure, businesses need to consider not only present but also future needs. Disk storage can’t hold up to the increase in workloads that’s coming. Flash storage can.
  • In the long run, flash storage saves money. Flash storage saves money by reducing energy consumption, compressing data, and lowering maintenance costs. Flash storage can also reduce IT resources spent on storage administration.
  • Flash storage is the way of the future.Consumer devices are already moving towards flash storage. As you expand to the hybrid cloud, flash storage arrays can optimize application performance across all your IT resources.
  • Reduce total cost of ownership. Flash Storage allows you to consolidate your application infrastructure to reduce your overall cost of ownership (TCO.)

Convinced? SLAIT can help your company make the transition to flash storage. We are a trusted NetApp Star Partner and can help you design and implement a modern IT infrastructure.