The role of All-Flash for NoSQL Databases

Traditional databases, like Oracle and MS-SQL, have been around for decades. But thanks to the emerging mega trends of big data, big users and cloud computing, a new class of database is starting to work its way into the enterprise: NoSQL, MongoDB and Couchbase. These databases typically are designed to be used with server side storage resources, but as we discuss in the below ChalkTalk video, shared all-flash arrays have a clear role to play in these environments.

* make sure you watch the whole video for a surprise guest*

Why NoSQL on All-Flash?

As Pure Storage’s Avinash Nayak and I discuss in the video, enterprises, unlike Cloud Computing providers, already have an investment in traditional databases. They also have investments in flash storage, including all-flash arrays, to address performance problems with those architectures. This means that the bulk of the justification of all-flash can be derived from improving performance in the traditional database environment and now with the addition of NoSQL into these environments, it simply makes the investment all the  more justified.

Although the potential for performance improvement in a NoSQL environment is intriguing, these environments will actually see a significant benefit from capacity reduction when operating on an all-flash array. For example, Pure Storage is reporting that their NoSQL customers are seeing as much as a 10X capacity reduction. Essentially the NoSQL environment can be moved to the flash array, gain performance and consume very little capacity; making the NoSQL environment more cost effective and more responsive than ever.

The Business Benefits of All-Flash’ed Databases

The other topic in our video came about when Pure Storage’s Database Guru Chas Dye burst (literally) into the studio. We discussed how, thanks to the all-flash array investment, Pure Storage customers are able to not only improve performance but also improve the data protection process. This is leading to increased revenue opportunities for the organization and IT personnel are accumulating bonuses.

All-Flash and databases are a winning combination. They can simplify operations and improve customer satisfaction. Most surprising is that they can actually reduce the cost of the database storage architecture. Their higher performance also allows greater scale with fewer servers and their efficiency means less capacity needs to be purchased.

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