If you’re searching for the right data-storage method for your company, you’re probably overwhelmed by the number of disk-based and flash storage options out there. So how can you figure out which solution gives you a strong competitive advantage and offers the best fit for your company’s requirements?
This guide lays out key information and answers common questions about flash storage, so you can make the best possible decision for your business.
Drive down costs
If you’re thinking of investing in flash, cost is probably a major factor in your decision-making process. And with most IT budgets staying fairly flat, you’ll need to maximize performance while maintaining low costs. Keep the following factors in mind to get the most value from your next storage solution.
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Flash modules use less power than hard drives. You can lower costs even further by paying close attention to power efficiency. Because flash modules use less power than hard drives, they have lower HVAC expenses.
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Faster is always better for business. Flash’s greater speeds give companies the power to quickly mine deeper insights and respond to customers almost instantaneously—all while using fewer resources.
Harnessing existing applications
As you strive for better performance, you might consider replacing your applications or doing expensive and time-consuming optimizations just to seek out small improvements. But flash lets you boost performance while using your existing applications—no overhaul needed.
To improve storage efficiency, look for a solution with data reduction technologies, like pattern removal, deduplication and compression. Thin provisioning and space-efficient snapshots are additional functions that make the most of your storage capacity. Just watch out for compression solutions that include “recompression” as a value add. The first compression cycle should work well enough that a second one isn’t needed.
Far from being the new kid on the block, flash now has capabilities and data services that match and often surpass those of disk-based offerings. As a mature, reliable storage solution, flash is increasingly considered to be the new standard.
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Plan for the future
When your competitors are making point-of-sale suggestions and analyzing millions of transactions as they occur, you can’t afford to fall behind. So if you haven’t made the leap to real-time analytics, you’ll need to do it soon. Stay competitive in this market with a storage system like flash that pulls information from multiple sources in mere microseconds.
Speed of innovation
The world’s most successful businesses are constantly innovating. You already know timing is essential when you’re introducing new rollouts, and your IT infrastructure will either drag you down or propel you forward. Whether you’re modeling new concepts, connecting teams in different locations or turning raw data into insights, flash storage accelerates your speed of implementation.
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) helps you improve data security, lower costs and give employees access to their files from any device. But to make this technology successful, you need strong system performance. Flash not only delivers high-performance standards and lowers the cost per desktop, it also handles the extreme spikes in data traffic that are common with VDI implementations.
Cloud solutions offer undeniable advantages, but they also come with a unique set of challenges. With public clouds, you may see increased system latency caused by data being delivered over long distances. The performance of private clouds can suffer due to complex system architectures. With top speeds and high performance levels, flash more than compensates for these shortcomings, helping you get the most from your cloud computing solutions.
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As your data volume continues to surge, you’ll face more challenges when it comes to storing, accessing and harnessing all of it. Flash is your ideal solution for meeting growing performance demands while bringing speed, scalability and savings to your business. IBM’s mature portfolio of flash solutions fits a range of budgets, workloads and performance profiles.