Disk-based storage systems have been in the data center architecture for the last 50 years and change is underway. Consumers have benefited from Flash technology via USB drives, smart cards for cameras and let’s not forgot the iPhone. These devices are all Flash base. When you implement Flash in your data center, you can start reaping the benefits immediately.
Let’s put this in perspective. Conservatively speaking, one Flash drives can deliver 25,000 IOPS sustained in a 2.5in form factor. To get that same performance with disk, you would need 166 2.5in form factor drives and 12u of rack space!
Flash comes in many different varieties. The most common are:
Investing in Flash solutions today to achieve optimal application performance can come with financial rewards. Application performance is often bounded by disk IO limitations. By adding Flash, you can significantly improve application and business performance and potentially contain application costs through minimizing compute power that many applications use as a licensing vehicle. Fewer servers plus high-performance storage with Flash can equal an off-set in Flash investment by reducing application licensing costs when the application is licensed by the number of servers.
CMI has been working for years helping our clients gain optimal performance from their storage systems in the Adaptable Data Center®. Contact us today so we can work with you to Flash Forward to greater success.