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The Explosive Growth of Flash Storage in 2013

In 2013, enterprises around the globe have made flash standard equipment for their storage arrays.  As the end of the calendar year is only days away, it is difficult to foresee a new enterprise-class storage array being developed and deployed without incorporating flash in one form or another. Flash memory has taken the staid storage industry by storm.  First utilized in consumer products, such as the iPod, flash storage has now become the new star of enterprise IT.  A primary reason for this is speed. At speeds of up to 400 times faster than standard rotating disks, flash-based solid state disks, or SSDs, are capable of proficiently handling the growing storage needs of today’s evolving enterprise IT.  When comparing flash storage vs SSD, the speed differential becomes apparent in no time at all. As an established mainstay in enterprise environments, flash array storage is a significant driver of faster system responses and communication channels.  Through the use of flash storage, social networking companies, such as Facebook, are able to better respond to increased traffic burdens.  Flash storage is also behind numerous new cloud-based services.  This new technology is creating a rising demand for enterprise-level storage and digital content distribution.  The demand...
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Understanding Your Options with Enterprise Storage

Storage is not the most exciting topic, and as such, can easily be ignored for other more interesting business decisions. However, failing to give enough attention to the storage system can have detrimental effects on every part of a business, especially if data should be lost or the system became too slow to keep up with applications. As such, let’s take a look at what the basic options are when it comes to enterprise storage and the pros and cons of those options. Types of Storage There are three basic types of storage: direct attached storage, storage area network and network attached storage. The three can be built on top of each other and work together with DAS as the basic building block underneath the other two. DAS: As the basic building block of any enterprise storage system, DAS provides block-level storage, and its performance determines the performance of the other systems built on top of it. DAS will typically have high performance but is limited in that it can only be used by the device it is directly attached to until it is connected through either a SAN or NAS network. SAN: SAN, unlike DAS, will allow multiple devices to...
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The Future of Data Storage: Flash or Disk?

There is no question that data storage and data accessibility has become a key component of decision making in enterprise. An obvious question then arises- what is the most effective way to handle data? Two methods, flash and disk storage, have been battling for several years, and the jury still out on which we will see more of in the future. Of course, the two methods may not be mutually exclusive. At least for now, both will co-exist and both will likely play in important role in data storage Hard drives are still on top According to one source, hard drive purchases by enterprise are still much higher than flash drives. In fact, shipments of the product recently hit record levels. Shipments of hard drives, which are over 500 million, will continue to rise each year until at least 2016. Compared to the mere 39 million flash drives that were sold in the same amount of time, it would seem that hard drives are by far the current storage unit of choice. Flash storage is on the rise Despite the fact that hard drives are still more popular, the advantages of flash storage are becoming more obvious to enterprise, and as...
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The Move Towards Flash Storage

Traditional HDDs outperformed themselves in terms of storage capacities over the last decades. However, with the increasing amount of data and the need for faster data transfers, HDDs are slowly finding their place in slow environments and are being replaced by flash storage. This could mean several things for enterprises.For one, flash storage is associated with low-latency and high performance and can thus be a crucial asset in VDI environments that consist of highly structured databases. When the speeds of flash storage devices are coupled with the capacities of traditional HDDs, access to greatly needed data is made possible while still ensuring that old data is still kept at bay in slower HDDs.Perhaps the one barrier towards this move towards flash storage has always been the costs involved with SSDs. By default, flash memory costs more per GB than any HDD in the market. SSD Price vs. Disk Price SSD prices would, of course, always be miles ahead of HDD prices, but Dell is slowly redefining this popular concept. Dell’s innovative flash-optimized solutions now offer up to two times the price advantage compared to the competitive hybrid solutions and up to five times the price advantage over the competitive flash solutions.The...
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