Dispelling some of the myths around flash


Dispelling some of the myths around flash


With flash implementation in the enterprise a relatively new phenomenon, it’s understandable that IT leaders still have questions around its uses and benefits. Such uncertainty has led to some widely held beliefs that may not be particularly true or accurate. It’s for this reason that LIMA, in partnership with NetApp, has put together the following guide for IT leaders to dispel some of the common myths about flash storage. 


Myth #1: Flash storage is too expensive for my budget

In the early days of enterprise flash, high costs per gigabyte usually meant that only a few carefully chosen workloads with ultra-high-performance needs could justify the added cost of flash. Since then, flash technology has matured, leading to a significant decrease in costs. Also, the use of enhanced data reduction technology has caused flash storage efficiency to increase, so yesterday’s boundary-pushing performance is no longer out of reach for organisations.


Myth #2: SSDs wear out more quickly than HDDs

Unlike HDDs, flash drives have no spinning disk or moving parts, therefore boasting impressive reliability. Also, advanced flash technologies have evolved to significantly increase flash lifespan by grouping (and minimising) the overall number of program/erase cycles made to flash storage cells.


Myth #3: Your data can’t be stored efficiently on flash

Yes it can. Your data can be significantly reduced in size before it’s stored, giving you the best business and economic value. Using multiple efficiency techniques, including inline deduplication and compression, Snapshot copies, virtual clones and thin provisioning, NetApp ensures you use the flash storage you invest in as efficiently as possible.


Myth #4: Flash storage should be used only on high-performance workloads

Today’s enterprise must be fast, global, mobile, digital and on demand at all times. These simultaneous needs now require business as usual to operate more in the realm of high performance. Many next-generation workloads will benefit from the high performance and low latency of flash storage. Whether an organisation needs to generate greater customer insight and engagement, create new business models, or support an increasingly mobile workforce, the high performance and low latency of flash storage are well suited to support such fundamental business priorities.


Myth #5: All flash storage is the same

Some application environments have different flash storage needs than others. One might require the highest possible performance, while another might need robust data management that’s more focused on application uptime and fault recovery. Still, other application environments may have erratic, unpredictable growth and require the convenience of scaling out quickly.

To find out more about the benefits of all-flash, download our eBook today from the NetApp vendor page. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of the LIMA team about our NetApp AFF solutions.