The Increase of Flash Storage Usage

Many businesses today are starting to use flash storage in more capacities and roles than they have in the past. Before, flash storage systems were only used for certain areas in the company because of the advantages they offered — namely the speed when it came to reading and writing data. Despite the obvious benefits of flash storage systems, they have historically only been used in certain situations because of their exorbitant cost.. It used to cost companies more to use flash storage than it did to invest in more hard drives.

The tides are turning quickly though, and we’re starting to see more companies use flash storage systems for storage in their data centers. Small and large companies alike are doing this, and when you start digging into the capabilities and options available with flash storage, it becomes much easier to see why.

EMC recently released a new product called XtremIO. This is an “all flash array,” and it doubles the previous density in each of the bricks. They now contain 40TB each, and it is possible to set up configurations of multiple bricks for more memory than companies had in the past. The creation of the product stemmed from customers who were using flash storage more than in the past and wanted greater capacity. Ultimately, the reason that so many companies today want to use flash storage is because of the performance that it offers. Benefits include:

  • Speed
  • Performance
  • Reliability

They are much faster, which means that it is far more efficient for those who need to access the storage, and this helps the company to become more efficient overall. Flash storage also has the capacity to handle much larger workloads than a regular hard drive and can do so in a fraction of the time it takes older hard drives. Those who are working with complex operations and large amounts of data will find it extremely beneficial.

One of the other advantages that many people neglect to remember is that the flash storage drives are more durable. They do not have moving parts, and that means that you will not have to deal with broken hard drives. If something were to happen to the device, you would still be able to retrieve the data relatively easily.

While many think that only large businesses are using flash storage for their business needs, a large number of small and medium-sized businesses are adopting it as well. Many smaller businesses are looking into products from EMC including VNX and VNZe, which are “hybrid flash storage solutions.”

The only part that some individuals identify as a downside is the cost. While it is true that they are more expensive than a typical hard drive with the same amount of storage, the benefits really do outweigh the cost. Also, given the recent advances in the field of flash storage technology, they are faster than ever. If you want to improve the performance of your business, a slightly greater cost should be worth it. While flash storage systems are more expensive, their prices are coming down and they are becoming an affordable investment.

Now could be a great time for your business to move over to flash storage. If you want to know more about the advantages and how you can make the switch, get in touch with us today.