IT administrators and architects are constantly balancing the needs of applications with the cost to provide the best services possible. Flash storage technology has been at the forefront of this trade-off between cost and benefit for several years, but has recently become more affordable for more applications in the datacenter.
Employing flash storage can allow organizations to process data in ways they never could before, undertake projects that would have been out of the question just a few short years ago, and dramatically reduce support calls for underperforming applications. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, High Performance Databases, and Dense Server Virtualization are just a few examples of datacenter applications that can benefit greatly from flash storage technologies.
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While flash will accelerate these solutions, utilizing all flash has been cost prohibitive in the past. That is not the case anymore. Today, data reduction techniques have driven density up, space requirements down, and the media itself has a longer lifecycle.
The VIOLIN QV2020 storage platform is the newest generation of the VIOLIN storage product line. Going back over 10 years, VIOLIN systems have a heritage of providing high performance, reliability, and flexibility; and VIOLIN continues this tradition. With patented data reduction software that is designed around a more efficient use of hardware resources, Violin’s QV2020 makes flash an affordable option for more and more applications in the datacenter.
This white paper will examine why all-flash technology is now truly affordable, the applications and workloads that can benefit from it, and how the VIOLIN QV2020 architecture allows for you to maximize on both areas.
Simplifying All Flash Arrays
All flash storage is not just about consolidation, power/cooling, and longevity, but also simplifi-cation of applications administration. To achieve an affordable, dense, small footprint, and high performance, some might be tempted to believe:
"I can simply cram dense flash drives into a legacy designed high performance storage chassis," as if they're crossbreeding a new pet.
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Sure, it might be cute, meaning everyone might "Ooooh" and "Aaaah" over it, but can it actually deliver on demand workloads? Is it purpose built for the datacenter of today and tomorrow?
While hardware "crossbreeds" might be fashionable today and quick to market, next generation products based on an established pedigree, like VIOLIN’s QV2020, will provide the assurances needed for the modern data center, now, and into the future.
There’s no doubt that today’s flash storage technology is providing IT administrators and architects with a powerful tool, providing better performance to more applications at a lower cost than ever before. Flash can greatly simplify the management of complicated database applications, mitigate the impact of maintenance operations for VDI, and provide consistent performance for virtualization solutions.
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While there is great value to the organization from these benefits, data reduction techniques can have a tremendous impact on how much benefit the applications will receive. Solutions that utilize flash storage can’t just be re-hashes of traditional HDD solutions, but must be designed with flash and data reduction operations in mind to provide the most benefit to an organization.
The VIOLIN QV2020 systems are continuing a 10-year tradition of high performance, simplicity, reliability, and affordability. With hardware and software purpose built to preserve the performance of flash while providing advanced data management features, VIOLIN QV2020 provides a solid platform for today and tomorrow’s data-center applications.