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Choosing Flash Storage

Apr 5, 2017 10:42:25 AM Tech Data Europe Storage

 

Evan_Unrue_Chief Technologist, IoT, Analytics and Cognitive EMEA Evan Unrue, Chief Technologist, IoT, Analytics & Cognitive EMEA, Technology Solutions, now part of Tech Data.
 
Now the All-Flash Array has developed some maturity in the market, it is important to look beyond just how blisteringly fast it is and to make your use cases based on other key features such as availability, management, flexibility and how well it will grow with your business.

Couple this with how you integrate with your IT environment and meeting compliance requirements like GDPR and you can find what you are looking for. Below are a few key things to look out for:

  • Data Reduction
  • Storage Virtualisation features
  • Disaster Recovery tools
  • Scale Out Features
  • Performance Management
  • Flash Management
  • Orchestration & Automation Support
  • Compatibility/Interoperability
  • Easy deployment

As the use cases for All Flash Arrays broadens beyond targeted performance centric requirements, it is important to ensure systems stand up to general enterprise requirements. Don’t fall into the trap of being blinded by shiny performance figures without ensuring the system has mature enterprise software features to boot.

It is important to think about what is most important to your use case when looking at All Flash Array technologies. Is it just point performance for your database you’re looking for, maybe it’s flexibility or is the ability to process large volumes of data quickly for a new analytics platform?

There will continue to be to be a raft of different form factors from the monolithic scale up storage array, to the scale out and hyper-converged, software defined approaches. These will all become more synonymous with next generation 3rd platform approaches to IT and As a Service or Cloud platforms. The bottom line is ensuring the one you choose provides future proofing for your business.

To read more, visit our IBM storage hub, and download our Flash and Beyond guide.

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