Answering the Question – Why Do I Need Flash Storage?

Why Your Company Needs Flash Storage

IBM Platinum Business Partner LogoIn the past, companies shied away from using flash storage because they thought it was too expensive. This myth was dispelled as organizations realized that a higher upfront cost brings a greater return on investment (ROI) and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

These days, the flash market is strong. Statista predicted that the global flash market will exceed $64 billion by 2021. Presently, all-flash arrays make up 50% of global shipments.

The popularity of flash has grown by leaps and bounds because of all the advantages it brings. Companies need flash storage to meet the demands of today’s complex, data-driven workloads. In addition to high performance, flash enables resiliency, high availability, and cost savings.

Unsurpassed Performance

Flash storage is probably best known for its high-performance capabilities. High performance is necessary in a storage solution because so many companies rely on business-critical applications to run financials, inventory, production, customer service, and other core business functions. Companies are also introducing advanced applications for predictive and cognitive analytics. Maximum processing power is needed to gather, store, and analyze real-time data to reach actionable insights.

Flash storage is capable of processing hundreds of thousands of input/output operations per second (IOPS). Flash also delivers ultra-low latency rates, eliminating bottlenecks that slow the transmission of data and frustrate users. Built-in data reduction and management tools lower the amount of bandwidth needed to handle heavy workloads.

The Economy of Flash Storage

Even though flash has a higher price per gigabyte than hard disks, its superior performance, efficiency, and smaller footprint leads to overall cost savings. Flash stores tons of memory in a small package, reducing rack and floor space in your data center. A smaller storage footprint means spending less money on real estate, energy, and cooling.

Built-in data reduction tools, such as deduplication and compression, reduce your footprint even further. CMO of IBM Storage Eric Herzog has seen at least one company reduce its number of servers by 90% using flash storage.

With fewer servers, companies save on operating costs. Staff members spend less time on management and maintenance and more time innovating to increase company profits. When companies use managed services or colocations, they save on these costs as well.

Flash Never Lets You Down

Business continuity is vital for maintaining a competitive edge in today’s always-on culture. Most organizations strive for 99.999% availability. This means experiencing only seconds of downtime per year. The top flash storage providers are beginning to guarantee 6 nines of availability.

Clients and customers expect your company to be there when they need you. In industries such as health care and finance, uninterrupted availability could mean the difference between profit and loss, life and death.

Flash storage is highly resilient and available because of its solid-state construction. Spinning hard disks are more susceptible to the wear and tear that leads to failure.

Because fewer devices are needed to store the same amount of data, flash storage creates fewer points of failure than hard disks. With fewer points of failure, there is less chance of an outage.

The Latest in Flash Technology

Flash storage opens many doors for companies. All-flash arrays lay the foundation for technology trends such as virtualization, multicloud, and artificial intelligence.

IBM is a leader in flash storage, offering an entire family of flash products priced to meet the needs of every type of business. Recently, IBM announced the release of FlashSystem 9100, a new all-flash array that delivers superior performance along with exciting built-in features.

Companies have a choice of models with 8-core or 14-core processors, delivering anywhere from 10 to 500 times the performance of competing solutions. Latency rates are 2.5 times lower than those of competitors, eliminating crippling bottlenecks.

Built-in data reduction tools in Flash 9100 reduce data center footprints by a ratio of 5:1. Flash 9100 also comes with multicloud-enabled software that makes it compatible with any kind of cloud. Snapshots can be sent to the cloud for disaster recovery.

InfoSystems is a Premier IBM Business Partner with a specialization in data storage. Our certified experts can help your company design and implement a customized storage solution using the latest in flash technology from IBM.

For serious inquiries, InfoSystems Senior Director of Engineering Services, Robert Goodwin, can set up a hands-on demo at the Arrow Solutions Lab in Alpharetta, GA. Send us a message to let us know you'd like a demo of the IBM FlashSystem 9100.