Most companies today that host their own data storage systems are buying flash storage. As a long-time storage manager, I often wondered how data was going to continue to grow and storage systems grow to support those needs without over-burdening the datacenter. With flash and the density that the 5th generation of Violin arrays able to provide, this is no longer a major concern. The challenge facing CIOs and Directors of Storage is “Which flash storage company should we partner with?”.
General data, virtualization, and the enterprise services we know, and love are merging. Consolidation is the name of the game and it’s happening on a scale we’ve yet to see in the enterprise. The enabling technology (NAND Flash and associated software) is now mainstream and trusted. However not all Flash is created (or utilized) equal. A major contributing factor to how successful your consolidation rate is, is your ability to take advantage of all the enterprise services out there. That can be a daunting performance task, even for flash. Nothing slows down a system like turning on all enterprise services at once, which means another major contributing factor is the underlying performance of the array(s) your data is stored on.