Everything you Need to Know About Flash Storage
Flash storage can refer to any device or system that uses flash memory—from a lowly USB drive to the complex enterprise systems used by larger organisations. You’ve probably been using flash storage personally for some time now—it’s everywhere from your smartphone to the flash drive on your key ring—but its use isn’t just limited to holding your own personal files. For a growing number of organisations, flash memory is how they store and retrieve their data quickly and efficiently.
So why is this important? It’s because more organisations are moving to an all flash storage system, leaving behind legacy disk-based systems that worked in the past. The reasons they’re moving to flash based storage are simple. It has faster data transfer rates, it consumes less energy than traditional hard drives, and it offers better disaster recovery, as well as supporting real-time analytics. Add to that fewer spikes in latency, and flash sounds like the go-to storage option for organisations looking to upgrade their storage while planning for the future.
Flash also stores data differently than older systems. The data in flash storage is designed to be electronically erased and reprogrammed. It’s also what’s known as nonvolatile memory, meaning that even if a system is turned off or loses power, the data isn’t lost. Which is a key point when it comes to having a disaster recovery plan in place.
Flash memory is solid state, but it doesn’t have any mechanical moving parts involved, meaning that energy consumption can be up to 50% less than that of legacy systems. Add that to the fact that the overall cost of flash has dropped significantly in the past decade, and you could potentially be looking at significant savings by moving to a flash based storage system.
Another benefit of flash storage is that when you work with the proper provider, you get the flexibility to scale up and out, depending on your organisation’s needs. Flexibility is key in a new IT environment where change is quickly becoming the norm. That’s especially appealing to SaaS providers who need one common platform to handle their mixed functions and dynamic growth. Seamless scalability allows them to quickly change direction depending on their needs.
But any organisation that is facing challenges relating to data could benefit from flash storage. As we move deeper into the 21st century, the pace of tech innovations is growing, and dealing with that environment using older, less adaptable technology can be a real risk.
If you’re happy with your old storage system, there’s no need to jump ship immediately, but you should be looking into what your storage options are, and where you will eventually need to go. If that sounds like a daunting task, then get in touch with 64TEQ today. Not only do we provide the physical components of a strong IT department, we also offer consulting services to help you navigate new developments and stay on the path towards success. And as partners with enterprise flash storage leader Kaminario, we have the resources to help you upgrade to the best of the best, if you decide that 2017 is the right time to make that move.