Why is flash storage compelling? It is simpler than conventional storage. Instead of using a spinning disk and roving reading arm to store data, flash uses electricity to store data in addressable locations on a fixed, thin layer of oxide. Data is retained even when the power is off. There are no moving parts.
As a result, flash storage has been shown to consume as little as 20% of the power yet read as much as 100 times faster than a traditional spinning hard drive.
Flash storage also costs more per gigabyte than conventional storage. However, used in combination with conventional storage, flash can reduce overall costs compared to using conventional storage alone.
Midsize businesses are combining flash and conventional storage to produce notable gains in performance and reductions in costs. This white paper examines several leading strategies, as demonstrated by three different businesses. It also reviews the range of NetApp® flash solutions tailored for midsize businesses. The types of gains being achieved include:
• Faster response time
• Increased data throughput
• More users accommodated per storage system
• Competitive advantages in delivering services
• Savings by avoiding the need to purchase additional drives for performance
• Reduced power, space, and cooling costs