To answer the question in our title…yes. Yes it does. More than ever, in fact. Allow us to paint you a picture.
It’s 2015 and we’re seeing software and services increasingly offloaded to the cloud. Big data is becoming a commonplace term in the boardroom, let alone the datacenter. So, for context, if we go back to our “Growth of World Cup Data” infographic from last year, we estimated that just 73,531 people at the final World Cup match in Brazil could have generated approximately 12.6 terabytes of data.
Now consider the data from the Cisco Visual Networking Index (Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2013-2018, 2/5/14) that reports by 2018 there will be 10 billion mobile connected devices…and 7.6 billion people. And with countless billions of people with mind-boggling billions of devices, the amount of data being generated every minute is just staggering. By 2018 software services, content delivery, and big data will be critical areas of focus for businesses everywhere.
A business – any business – has to be able to not only handle the input and output of that data across the Web and across their networks and storage infrastructure, but it has to be able to parse it – make use of it somehow to benefit their business – and return some result to a waiting customer. In other words, if your business is streaming movies, you want to ensure someone in Zimbabwe can quickly scan your library and begin streaming with wait times throughout their experience in the low, single-digit, milliseconds.
Flash storage can make that happen. Check out our newest infographic to learn how flash enables e-commerce businesses to handle 14,000 transactions per second; allows oil & gas companies to shorten data analysis time from days to hours; and allows banks to double their times to market, among other data points.