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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With the integration of new technologies, your approach to storage is critical to controlling business outcomes. How can you figure out which flash storage solution works best with the infrastructure you have and fits your hybrid cloud strategy and budget – now and into the future? 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:

Drive down costs

Drive down costs

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To maximize performance and business resilience while maintaining low costs, keep the following factors in mind to get the most value from your next storage solution.

Openness and support for multi-vendor environments

Simplification is the name of the game when it comes to managing storage in heterogenous environments. A flash solution with an open, end-to-end architecture can help you save time and money by reducing complexity of management, monitoring and virtualization.

Workload scalability

Don’t get a van when a compact car will do. You’ll save money by choosing a storage solution with right-sized products for your workloads and near-term strategy goals but with flexible capacity to help you manage data growth. Look for a mature suite of solutions that let you compare multiple products with different capacities.

Computing resources

With high speeds that eliminate storage-related infrastructure bottlenecks, end-to-end NVMe flash storage lets you support larger workloads and cut back on IT expenses.

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.

Resource efficiency and management

Because flash modules use even less power than hard drives, they have lower energy expenses. Overall, you’ll save time and resources by choosing a hybrid cloud storage solution that allows you to centrally manage and optimize all of your heterogenous storage environments.

Smart tip #2:

Prioritize performance, flexibility and openness

Prioritize performance, flexibility and openness

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To meet demands and effectively manage the increasing volume of data flowing into your business, your storage needs to be fast, flexible and efficient.

Accelerated performance

The high speeds of flash storage, combined with end-to-end NVMe technology, can give companies the power to quickly mine deeper insights and respond to customers faster while using fewer resources.

Learn more about how NVMe works to provide the reliability across computer memory, storage, and networking that’s critical to enterprise storage.

Harness 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 storage lets you boost performance while using your existing applications.

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. The first compression cycle should work well enough so a second one won’t be needed.

Maturity

Flash storage has capabilities, new protocols and data services that match and often surpass those of disk-based offerings. As a reliable storage solution, flash is increasingly considered to be the new storage standard.

Smart tip #3:

Plan for the future

Plan for the future

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Support new applications and deployments while modernizing your existing storage infrastructure.

Hybrid cloud flexibility

Hybrid cloud environments offer undeniable advantages, but they also come with unique challenges. To reduce complexity, look for solutions that can address a wide range of storage needs while extending enterprise functionality throughout your storage infrastructure.

Real-time analytics

Stay competitive in today’s always-on 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.

Container storage

Containers provide the agility to shift application workloads quickly, scale up for demand, or shut down when not needed. To use containers in production, the data behind these applications and microservices needs to be persistent, with consistent performance and the ability to respond to rapid workload shifts.

In a container environment, the underlying storage infrastructure you choose should unify traditional and container workloads, be open and agile to support modern workloads, cloud-native applications and public cloud integration, and provide data cyber resiliency features.

Security and resiliency

In today's world of cyberattacks, you need to make sure your data is available and protected. Consider high availability flash storage solutions that can support system wide encryption, securing data wherever it resides without affecting performance.

Key considerations

Key considerations

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Here are some questions to ask when you’re considering adopting flash storage to bring your hybrid cloud strategy to life and strengthen business continuity.

  • 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?
  • Can I harness existing applications?
  • Does the solution allow me to deploy apps and data where it makes most sense?
  • How easily can I move my data back and forth in cloud environments?
  • How is storage performance monitored?
  • Can the solution protect my data wherever it resides in the hybrid cloud?
  • How do the data reduction technologies affect performance?

Take the next steps

Take the next steps

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See why flash is an ideal solution for meeting growing performance demands while bringing speed, scalability and savings to your business. IBM’s mature portfolio of software-defined flash solutions fits a range of budgets, workloads and performance profiles.