The perpetually increasing volume of stored data, especially with the growth in mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT), has created both challenges and opportunities for businesses. While legacy disk drives are growing the amount of total capacity that they can store, the speed with which they can access and serve that data has remained relatively constant. Simply being able to store data is of little value. For stored data to have real value, businesses must be able to quickly access and process that data to extract actionable information.
It is the ability to get actionable information from large volumes of data that creates value and provides organizations with a true competitive benefit. It is the speed with which those increasing volumes of data can be served and processed that creates value by enabling companies to better manage inventory, reduce time to market, improve customer experiences and fundamentally transform their businesses. This is the benefit that flash offers.
Advantages of Enterprise Flash Over Other Technology
Flash storage offers a number of advantages over other storage technologies.
- 10x or greater more performance. This leads to greater agility, innovation ability and improved customer experience. The increase in speed enables applications to exploit data in greater depth, delivering real insight to a business
- Lower total cost of ownership. Flash is able to deliver greater storage density within a smaller footprint, resulting in a corresponding reduction in costs for power, cooling, and floor space. Also, since the flash can deliver data to processors faster, those processors are better utilized so that fewer are required.
- Increased reliability. With no moving parts, flash has a higher mean time to failure. A well-built all-flash array can easily last between 7-10 years.
Not All Flash is Created Equal
While flash storage can have a profound impact on business, how it is implemented and used will ultimately determine whether or not it will drive the business forward. Some early flash implementations packaged flash as a solid state drive (SSD), the same form factor as legacy disk drives. While this allowed the flash to take advantage existing infrastructure, it also severely limited the potential of the flash by needlessly increasing latency, reducing throughput, and adding unnecessary overhead.
The Violin Advantage
As a purpose-built, all-flash array, the Violin Systems Flash Storage Platform is revolutionizing how businesses operate by providing consistent high-throughput and predictable low latency that SSD-based systems simply cannot offer. Combined with Concerto™ OS 7, a fully integrated storage operating system that enables complete data protection, business continuity, and data reduction services, Violin Systems’s innovative single storage platform solution delivers transformative performance for cloud, enterprise, virtualized business and mission-critical storage applications.
Learn more about why Violin Systems Flash Storage Platforms have become a strategic part of data center architecture (downloadable whitepaper on an all-flash data center).