We have advised IT professionals that all future primary storage purchases be either hybrid or all-flash arrays for several years now. The value derived from these solutions include increased virtual machine (desktop and server) density, applications that can support more users per server and storage systems that can support a variety of workload types. We are now advising that current systems be aggressively replaced, in advance of a storage refresh.
Replace Your Storage System Before Its Time?
Most storage systems have a three to five year amortization and in general you never want to replace that system before that time. In fact many data centers want the storage system to last well beyond that time. Flash, at its current price point and thanks to the maturity of the surrounding technology, is changing that. As we discuss in the below Storage Short, it simply costs to much money, both in terms of hard costs and operational costs to have a hard disk only based system act as primary storage.
This Storage Short is taken from our webinar “The All-Flash Data Center, Myth or Reality?” in which we not only discuss the challenges of hard disk based system but help you decide if you should use an all-flash array or a hybrid array when replacing them.