Flash Storage

Why the flash storage is right for you

First, what is flash storage and why is it different than other storage.

Flash storage is a solid-state technology that uses flash memory chips for writing and storing data. As indicated by its name, flash memory can achieve very fast response times (microsecond latency), compared to hard drives with moving components. It uses non-volatile memory, which means that data is not lost when the power is turned off. Flash storage is highly available and uses less energy and physical space than mechanical disk storage.

There are a variety of flash solutions on the market today designed to fit every size of business and budget, from entry-level to enterprise. But managing storage for a modern business environment involves more than just hardware. In fact, strategic storage choices are often more about the software foundation you select.

Look for a software-defined flash solution with an open, end-to-end architecture that can be deployed in any environment. This flexibility will help you modernize today’s workloads and save time and money by reducing complexity of management, monitoring and virtualization.

Benefits of flash storage

  • High Performance – Users need faster data access, the business needs top speeds for critical workloads, and your infrastructure needs to effectively manage increasing volumes of data. Flash storage addresses these challenges with ultra-low latency and high throughput.
  • Application agility – to accelerate innovation and growth for the business, you need to deploy applications and data where they make sense. Modern flash storage solutions improve data mobility and scalability while maintaining continuous data access and provide a consistent experience across containerized and hybrid cloud deployments.
  • Data Resilience- In today’s world of relentless cyberattacks, you need to make sure your data is always available, encrypted and tamper-proof – on-premises or in the cloud – and that your organization complies with all data privacy and protection requirements.
  • Resource efficiency- Flash storage technology is very dense, endurant and requires less space than most disk-based solutions to store the same amount of data, so you can deliver more work with fewer drives and lower cost. When you invest in flash, you can save money by cutting back on costs associated with additional space and management requirements.
  • Data Efficiency- Look for a flash solution with data reduction technologies, such as pattern removal, deduplication and compression. Thin provisioning and space-efficient snapshots are additional functions that make the most of your storage capacity. The first compression cycle should work well enough so a second one won’t be needed.
  • Flexible acquisition- Limited budgets and ongoing pressures to optimize resources make cost a major factor in a storage strategy. Many vendors offer leasing and other flexible financing options to extend your budget, but don’t overlook additional consumption models including utility and as-a-service options when you’re evaluating how to get the most from your investment in flash storage solutions.

Pierson can help you find the right storage system for your growing business.