The smart buyer’s guide
to flash

Find out whether flash storage is right for your business

The smart buyer’s guide
to flash

Find out whether flash storage is right for your business

Introduction

Introduction

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The world is data-driven, so if you’re searching for the right data storage method for your company, you may be overwhelmed by the number of hybrid, disk-based, and flash storage options out there. So how can you figure out which solution gives you a strong competitive advantage and offers the best fit for your company’s requirements? This guide lays out key information and answers common questions about flash storage, so you can make the best possible decision for your business.

The world is data-driven, so if you’re searching for the right data storage method for your company, you may be overwhelmed by the number of hybrid, disk-based, and flash storage options out there. So how can you figure out which solution gives you a strong competitive advantage and offers the best fit for your company’s requirements? This guide lays out key information and answers common questions about flash storage, so you can make the best possible decision for your business.

Smart tip #1:

Smart tip #1:

Drive down costs

Drive down costs

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If you’re thinking of investing in flash, cost can be a major factor in your decision-making process. And if your IT budget is staying fairly flat, you’ll be looking to maximize performance while maintaining low costs. Keep the following factors in mind to get the most value from your next storage solution.

If you’re thinking of investing in flash, cost can be a major factor in your decision-making process. And if your IT budget is staying fairly flat, you’ll be looking to maximize performance while maintaining low costs. Keep the following factors in mind to get the most value from your next storage solution.

Workload scalability

Don’t get a van when a compact car will do. If you have a less demanding workload, you can save money by choosing the flash storage product that’s the right size for your company’s needs. Look for a mature suite of solutions that let you compare multiple products with different capacities.

Computing resources

Flash solutions can actually cut back on overall IT expenses. With high speeds that can eliminate storage-related infrastructure bottlenecks, flash lets you support large workloads.

Storage installation needs

Flash storage requires less space to store the same amount of data. When you invest in flash, you can save money by cutting back on costs associated with additional space and management requirements.

Efficient solutions

Flash modules use less power than hard drives. You can lower costs even further by paying close attention to power efficiency. Because flash modules use less power than hard drives, they have lower energy expenses.

Smart tip #2:

Smart tip #2:

Prioritize performance

Prioritize performance

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Accelerated performance

Faster access to data is always better for business. Flash’s greater speeds, combined with end-to-end NVMe technology, can give companies the power to quickly mine deeper insights and respond to customers almost instantaneously—all while using fewer resources.

Accelerated performance

Faster access to data is always better for business. Flash’s greater speeds, combined with end-to-end NVMe technology, can give companies the power to quickly mine deeper insights and respond to customers almost instantaneously—all while using fewer resources.

Harnessing existing applications

As you strive for better performance, you might consider replacing your applications or doing expensive and time-consuming optimizations just to seek out small improvements. But flash lets you boost performance while using your existing applications—no overhaul needed.

Data reduction

To improve storage efficiency, look for a solution with data reduction technologies, like pattern removal, deduplication and compression. Thin provisioning and space-efficient snapshots are additional functions that make the most of your storage capacity. Just watch out for compression solutions that include “recompression” as a value add. The first compression cycle should work well enough that a second one isn’t needed.

Maturity

Far from being the new kid on the block, flash now has capabilities, new protocols and data services that match and often surpass those of disk-based offerings. As a mature, reliable storage solution, flash is increasingly considered to be the new storage standard.

Smart tip #3:

Smart tip #3:

Plan for the future

Plan for the future

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Real-time analytics

When your competitors are making point-of-sale suggestions and analyzing transactions as they occur, you can’t afford to fall behind. So if you haven’t made the leap to real-time analytics, you’ll need to do it soon. Stay competitive in this market with a storage system like NVMe flash that pulls information from multiple sources in microseconds.

Real-time analytics

When your competitors are making point-of-sale suggestions and analyzing transactions as they occur, you can’t afford to fall behind. So if you haven’t made the leap to real-time analytics, you’ll need to do it soon. Stay competitive in this market with a storage system like NVMe flash that pulls information from multiple sources in microseconds.

Virtual desktops

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) helps you improve data security, lower costs and give employees access to their files from any device. But to make this technology successful, you need strong system performance. Flash not only delivers high-performance standards and lowers the cost per desktop, it also handles the extreme spikes in data traffic that are common with VDI implementations.

Speed of innovation

The world’s most successful businesses are constantly innovating. You already know timing is essential when you’re introducing new rollouts, and your IT infrastructure will either drag you down or propel you forward. Whether you’re modeling new concepts, connecting teams in different locations or turning raw data into insights, NVMe-optimized flash storage can accelerate your speed of implementation.

Multicloud

Cloud solutions offer undeniable advantages, but they also come with a unique set of challenges. With public clouds, you may see increased system latency caused by data being delivered over long distances. The performance of private clouds can suffer due to complex system architectures. With top speeds and high-performance levels, flash and NVMe can compensate for these shortcomings, helping you get the most from your multicloud computing solutions.

Take the next steps

Take the next steps

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Here are some key considerations when purchasing flash storage.

  • How will this solution perform as data volumes increase?
  • Does this solution deliver low latency and high performance?
  • Does this solution have a method for preventing shutdowns and slowdowns during background cleanup tasks?
  • How is storage performance monitored?
  • How do your data reduction technologies affect performance?

As your data volume grows, you may face more challenges when it comes to storing, accessing and harnessing all of it. Flash is an ideal solution for meeting growing performance demands while bringing speed, scalability and savings to your business. IBM’s mature portfolio of flash solutions fits a range of budgets, workloads and performance profiles.