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 What to Look for in an All-Flash Array

This is the time of year when IT industry analysts make forecasts about the trends that will drive technology spending. Storage remains a major item in IT budgets for 2018 and more and more organizations are investing in Flash storage platforms as opposed to older generation disk-based systems.

 According to the Spiceworks 2018 report, the flash state of IT will become the primary storage at many workloads this year as disk drives move to secondary storage and archive applications alongside magnetic tape.

The need to improve performance is the main motive for adopting Flash. Hard drives are mechanical and the time it takes to move the read/write arm across a rotating disk creates an unacceptable amount of time hidden in today's data centre environment. 

Solid-state flash drives are electronic with no moving parts. As a result, flash storage is 20 times faster than a disk with data access times under milliseconds.

All-flash arrays are also smaller than traditional disk drives and use a fraction of the power. Experts argue that reducing power consumption and cooling can more than justify investments in flash storage. 

Moreover, many organizations are finding that all-flash arrays give them enough performance and ability to unify workloads and allow them to reduce the number of storage arrays that need to be purchased and managed. 

In addition, most Flash arrays incorporate data optimization techniques such as de-replication and compression to dramatically increase capacity.

However many flash arrays are built using earlier generation architectures designed to increase the availability of performance and data protection of disk storage. 

These architectures are not able to take full advantage of the high performance and low latency of the flash can flood the input/output connections of the controller outputs and other components.

 At the same time, it is important to recognize that the flash is less reliable than the disk statistically. Not all flash storage systems meet the organization's requirements for availability and resilience.

Flash-adapted architectures are designed for flash performance features. Each component of the system is flash-enabled and ensures that workloads will be available to them with all available resources when needed. 

These solutions are scalable and provide predictable performance. They also provide enterprise-level data protection and high-reliability levels.

HPE Nimble All-Flash arrays provide enterprise-class features in Flash-adapted architecture. With response times below two milliseconds and six nines guaranteed HPE Nimble All-Flash Arrays can support the most critical workloads for the task.

 Variable duplication and compression of blocks provide five times the data reduction of competitive products without affecting performance. 

The HP Flash Nimble All-Flash arrays are simple to configure and manage, allowing you to increase performance and capacity independently and without interruption, and expand to four managed arrays at once.

HPE Nimble's Flash Predictive Flash platform also includes an advanced prediction analysis engine for organizations looking for a true next-generation solution.

 HPE InfoSight prediction analysis is capable of addressing more than 86% of storage problems before they occur. This technology offers both superior performance and the highest availability with scale options for pet bits to meet the growing demands.

If the flash is on your radar for 2018 look for dedicated solutions that deliver the performance and reliability your organization requires.

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