Is Flash the Answer to Today’s Data Management Challenges?

There’s no doubt that data has become the lifeblood of business today. Capturing more information and using it across the organization to personalize customer interactions and make smarter decisions is a proven model for success in the current Idea Economy.

However, this explosive growth in information has created significant challenges for IT. Not only do they have to ensure performance across a growing number of workloads, most also have to do so on a limited budget.

Flash: The Future of Storage

Flash storage solutions were designed to eliminate the bottlenecks generated by the rotational delays and poor seek time inherent in traditional disk-based storage solutions. It offers significantly faster I/O speeds and cuts latencies to a fraction of a millisecond. With faster data transfer rates, flash storage boosts efficiency across the data center, cuts response time and accelerates application performance.

Bottom line? Flash storage gives organizations the power they need to realize the full potential of analytics and easily transform into a smart, data-driven organization.

Unfortunately, the costs seemed to outweigh the benefits when flash arrays were first introduced. Luckily, it’s now a viable option for even the most budget conscious organizations, pricing out at approximately $1.50 per usable GB.

Today, most storage leaders are making plans to deploy all flash or hybrid arrays. But faster I/O speed isn’t the only boost that IT needs to update storage infrastructures. When evaluating your options, consider the following features to help future-proof your investments and ensure operational efficiency over the long run:

• High-density, large-capacity solutions which will reduce your storage footprint by 80%, a benefit that also cuts power and cooling costs over the life of the solution

• Global deduplication and data compression functions to keep information growth from quickly overwhelming infrastructure investments and artificially inflating costs

• Data encryption capabilities that provide a critical layer of protection against advanced, persistent threats targeting sensitive information

• Enterprise-wide, app-aware backup capabilities which speed recovery when disasters occur

Through our long partnership with Hewett Packard Enterprise, we’ve helped many clients design and implement a storage strategy that improves data center performance while reducing costs. Time and again, we’ve seen the HPE 3PAR high-performance storage arrays powered by Intel® Xeon® processors transform data management and create critical operational efficiencies.

If you’re looking to get started with flash—or need a smarter approach to meet key IT goals—contact Works Computing today.


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