By Kelvin Lim, Team Lead, Enterprise and Cloud Solutions, NetApp APAC
Flash storage has brought a whole range of new possibilities to enterprise computing.
Historically, flash was just about performance. The average solid state drive (SSD) used in flash storage has a 20 times IOPS1 performance improvement over a magnetic drive. For example, anyone who had replaced the magnetic drive in their laptop with a SSD would witness a visible improvement in the performance of their laptop.
Everyone understands that flash equals speed. In fact, we now see companies growing increasingly aware of other benefits of flash storage, including:
A common misconception among enterprise is that flash storage is expensive and only suitable for workloads that are latency sensitive or require extremely high IOPS.
However, advancement in memory chip technology used in flash storage coupled with storage efficiency features from enterprise storage arrays have made flash storage solutions much more affordable. In addition, it is also possible to attain a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for applications residing on flash storage compared with magnetic drives.
NetApp provides a number of industry proven flash solutions such as the SolidFire, All Flash FAS (AFF) and EF-series arrays to meet the diverse needs of our customers. Moving forward, the usage of SAS drives is expected to decrease, with SSDs and SATA drives increasing in popularity as they progressively meet increasingly demanding requirements for enterprises. As pricing comes down, flash will grow to become the de facto standard in storage technology for production workloads – it will be the new future.
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