The benefits of flash storage


The benefits of flash storage


A recent IDG Research Services survey found that IT professionals were confident in the ability of all-flash systems to meet some of their organisation’s most critical goals and they were most confident about improving data access and customer satisfaction.

We recently dispelled some of the common myths associated with flash storage and learned how flash can simplify the storage environment and increase flexibility, simplicity, performance and capacity.

How exactly? We take a look…


How does flash optimise performance?

Flash eliminates performance bottlenecks and provides sustained sub-second latency performance for data. This allows you to reclaim the time spent waiting on applications and accelerate customer-facing applications therefore improving the overall digital experience.


How does flash increase flexibility?

Quite simply, you’re able to move your data to where it delivers the most value, optimising data placement across flash, disk and cloud. Flash allows you to combine SAN and NAS on a single, consolidated infrastructure and scale performance and capacity without disrupting operations.


How does flash reduce costs?

Flash is almost the same cost as SAS. SSD capacities are growing fast and will exceed HDD capacity this year. Flash will add 2:1 space savings for IT, which will free up resources for new revenue opportunities. By 2020, the all-flash array (AFA) market is on course to approach $12 billion through replacing all performance disk.


How can flash help me reclaim simplicity?

Flash eliminates tedious performance tuning and can help free-up time for you to spend on strategic projects. According to NetApp, flash can deliver 48% savings in time and money for IT admin as well as a 16% reduction in maintenance costs, with an average payback period of less than six months.


How will flash boost capacity?

Flash has historically been deployed for performance workloads, but the unified capabilities of NetApp’s next generation of flash enables businesses to support the less performance-sensitive applications which are the bulk of data centre applications. These include virtualisation, home directories, engineering workloads, IaaS and tier 2 databases.


Business success with all flash storage is going to look different for every organisation. IT must understand the business case for all-flash before it can recommend further investment in the technology. However, the payoff may come from indirect factors such as worker productivity and reduced task times enabled by faster I/O and low latency.

For many IT leaders, the question is not whether to use flash, but where to use it and how to use it most effectively. Users want ever-higher levels of performance and availability and only flash can help to meet those expectations.

To find out more about the future of flash technology and how its implementation could enhance your business, download our eBook, created in partnership with NetApp: 

The All-Flash Data Centre by 2020: Myth or reality?