All-Flash Arrays (AFA) have one stunning attribute. They are fast. In some cases, an AFA provides more performance than the typical data center needs. As a result, it seems that AFAs render traditional data management practices obsolete. AFAs are typically made up of the same type of media (flash), and all applications get roughly the same performance, again in most cases more than they need. Despite AFA’s positive attributes, data management is still essential for data centers that are adopting them.
An AFA coupled with a data management strategy can meet all of the performance expectations of the data center while at the same time reducing AFA investment costs. A data management strategy also improves the organization’s ability to meet compliance and regulatory demands while at the same time reducing data protection costs. It also makes sure that the applications on the AFA get the expected level of performance by removing workloads that should not be on the system.
In Storage Switzerland’s white paper “Designing an All-Flash Data Management Strategy,” IT professionals can learn how to create a data management strategy built around an all-flash array. The paper is exclusively available to registrants of our on demand webinar “The All-Flash Fix – How to Create a Hybrid Storage Architecture.”