Flash Storage

Flash Storage

Is it Time to Reboot Primary Storage? - Primary storage has remained the same for quite some time. It comes in two primary forms: block or file, also known as SAN or NAS. Yes, each of these two forms can be filled with a mix of ingredients, including
Heterogeneous Storage Analytics Difficult to Gather - Knowledge is power. But knowledge in a heterogeneous storage environment can be difficult to come by. Modern data centers often have a mix of software-defined storage, traditional proprietary storage, all-flash or hybrid storage arrays, and even cloud storage – all
Flash Strategy 2.0: Optimizing NetApp with Flash and Cloud - For most organizations, databases are the heart of the data center. Not surprisingly, its IT infrastructure revolves around those databases. But there are market segments like Media and Entertainment, Life Sciences, Financial Services and Technology where unstructured data is at
Why Low Latency Matters - Enterprise Applications and Dynamic Business Workloads Demand Faster and Faster Response Times Applications are driving the enterprise, whether it is a relatively simple application used by millions of customers or a complex, scalable database that drives an organization’s back end.
Flash + SMR = Storage Density and Performance - Cloud and traditional data centers face two competing challenges. The first is meeting the ever-increasing demand for performance. Flash, in its various forms, can meet these requirements. On the other end of the spectrum is meeting the demands of storing all the data we create. The answer to these environments has not been as simple. Flash, by itself, is not the answer due to its higher cost per GB. SMR hard drives improve the ability to meet capacity demands, but have limited random write performance. By coupling SMR drives with flash, these two technologies can create a very practical solution which enables adoption without significant change to the existing infrastructure. In this article we will discuss how SMR drives work and how they can be coupled with flash to meet both of these challenges
Overcoming the All-Flash Array Implementation Challenges - Eliminating “waits” allows customers, users, and applications to interact with the IT infrastructure more fluidly. As a result, IT professionals are focused on improving response times, and storage is getting much of the attention. The demand for performance is accelerating
Software Defined Storage meets Parallel I/O - In terms of storage performance, the actual drive is no longer the bottleneck. Thanks to flash storage, attention has turned to the hardware and software that surrounds them, especially the capabilities of the CPU that drives the storage software. The
Empowering the Cloud to Manage Non-Flash Data - An all-flash data center can respond instantly to user requests for information, and it requires less power and less physical floor space. The problem is moving to an all-flash storage infrastructure is expensive. However, it can be an affordable reality
Hardware First – Designing All-Flash Arrays From a Hardware First Perspective - Data centers have to meet the increasing performance demands of scale out databases, big data analytics, and dense virtual environments. These data centers need to meet these demands without requiring more data center floor space or consuming more power. All-flash
What is NVMe? And what does it mean for PCIe-SSD? - There are two constants in data center storage; the need for greater performance and the need for greater capacity. Flash based storage devices have become the go-to option to address the first challenge. But application owners and users quickly move

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