Flash storage offers unique benefits to enterprises that are grappling with exploding data volumes as well as fast and unpredictable data access. Its advanced features include replication, snapshots and deduplication, all of which are prerequisites for modern data-driven enterprises.
Digital businesses are having to maximise systems to cope with literally millions of data transactions a second, which is driving the requirement for enterprises to invest in all-flash solutions. Add that to all-flash solutions becoming increasingly affordable; enterprises can now realise flash benefits at scale. According to reports, the global all-flash array (AFA) market to grow at a CAGR of 13.23% during the period 2018 to 2022.
Yet, the number of hybrid, disk-based and all-flash array storage options available to you can be pretty overwhelming. So how do you ensure you are making the right choice?
Firstly, while flash arrays can fix problems, the system you invest in today can quickly run into performance issues if ongoing scalability is not taken into account. The rate at which data is growing and the speeds at which we need to process it are difficult to predict in a world where technology is moving increasingly faster.
It’s important to get an all-flash array not only fixes problems quickly but also allows you to scale over time, without creating information silos. In addition, manageability and flexibility become critical to support dynamic business models. That’s why companies like Hitachi Vantara build solutions, allowing multiple all-flash products to be virtualised into a pool of all-flash capacity that is easy to manage and reduces wasted capacity. This software-based flexibility enables the solution to grow seamlessly with the demands of your data.
Critical to the economies of “flash scale” is the continuing improvements being made with data reduction technology. With solutions designed for specific workloads to minimise performance issues, all-flash allows you to adaptively manage data reduction. This also eliminates the bottlenecks from other flash systems when data reduction technologies are running. Meaning, your data reduction can be managed on either patented flash modules or storage controllers for consistent performance.
Also, and more importantly, some all-flash array systems can consolidate applications with block, file and object data on the same system. But not all vendors can consolidate multiple workloads for cost savings and management efficiencies. Your all-flash system needs to be able to manage multiple workloads and serve data in multiple formats without monopolising the bandwidth.
All-flash storage also reduces disruption for higher performance. You want your data available whenever you need it. And you will want to be able to have a faster performance with increased uptime. All-flash storage reduces disruptions and allows you to have nondisruptive data migrations, active-clusters and zero RPO and RTO failovers. Increasingly all-flash providers are making this technology available out of the box, rather than charging for it as an additional and separate solution.
Hitachi Vantara is an acknowledged leader in storage, servers and networks, including converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. Their all-flash F series can optimise your infrastructure into the next level and give you value for all-flash storage. To find out more about Hitachi Vantara’s All-Flash F-series, click here.