Mark Adams

All-Flash Storage: The Heart of Modern Data Centers

Blog Post created by Mark Adams Employee on Mar 28, 2017

Digital technology is presenting enterprises with unprecedented opportunities to collect and analyze data to better understand customers, markets, internal processes, and more. The exponential growth of digital data creates tremendous management challenges for enterprise IT departments that will become more daunting over the next few years.


IDC predicts that the amount of data created each year globally will grow to 180 zettabytes by 2025, from less than 10 zettabytes in 2015, and 44 zettabytes in 2020. The research firm also forecast that from 2020 to 2025, the amount of data that can be analyzed will nearly quintuple, while the amount of actionable data will multiply by a factor of almost 10.



Source: Data & Analytics Landscape In The Enterprise 2016, IDG Research


All of that data not only has to be stored, it has to be stored in a way that makes it accessible when needed. Unfortunately, older storage solutions, such as hard disks, lack the speed and scalability needed for enterprises to meet the escalating performance demands of customers, employees, and partners in the digital economy. Enterprises that rely on slower storage solutions are falling behind competitors that are planning now for future storage requirements.


Why Is Flash Storage In High-Demand?

Flash storage systems (all-flash arrays) have emerged as the new approach to modernizing data centers. A growing number of enterprises use a combination of flash and hard disks for their storage needs, while others are migrating to all-flash arrays. 


Enterprises enjoy significant success using flash storage for basic data storage. Not only is it increasingly affordable, but provides a critical foundation for next-generation business requirements.


The Unimaginable, Imagined

Future uses for flash technology are unlimited. And enterprises need to be ready to quickly adapt to this new potential. Think about how astounding the first cell phones were to users in the early and mid ’90s. Nokia 1011 and Motorola Startac users who were shocked that they could make calls on these devices from anywhere, could hardly envision that the next generation of cellular network infrastructure would let them stream music, send and receive text messages, or access the still-nascent Internet. A decade later, the first iPhone was released, and the previously unimaginable became a reality.


Flash storage is following a similar trajectory as its potential for transforming enterprise business insights comes into sharper focus. While many enterprises already are familiar with how flash storage provides the speed and scalability necessary to compete in the digital economy, other benefits and possibilities are emerging.


For example, all-flash storage is currently used to process massive amounts of structured and unstructured data for health research, public safety improvements and more. Examples include:

•                Medical research into genomes.

•                Financial risk and fraud analysis.

•                Seismic processing of images.

•                Enhancing real-time public safety.

•                Factory optimization.

•                Smart utility grids.

•                Oil and gas exploration and extraction.


Additionally, Web analytics, predictive analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Security, Intrusion and Event Management (SIEM) are all enabled by flash storage.


All-Flash Performance Advantages

Flash is faster than other storage types at processing big data so large enterprises can deliver multi-petabyte scale, while reducing energy consumption, data center floor space needs, and server CPU use. Flash also is being used for backup and disaster recovery of large data sets, which results in improved recovery time and recovery point objectives.


Rack-scale flash consolidates multisystem, real-time analytics onto a single platform that simplifies infrastructure and administrative tasks, and allows enterprises to apply stringent service-level agreements across large data sets.


As IDC’s forecast indicates, the growth of digital data will accelerate over the next decade. Consequently, enterprises that want to fully leverage this valuable data must invest now in new, agile data center infrastructure that prepares their business for future success. All-flash storage provides enterprises with the fast, efficient, and scalable storage they need to create a modern infrastructure. Further, as all-flash prices continue to fall faster than hard disk prices, flash offers a superior return on storage investment.


To stay ahead of the competition, enterprises should select a flash storage system with the features necessary to achieve their critical business and operational goals.


Hitachi All-Flash Edge

Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) F Series is an all-flash storage system that includes some unique features that quickly improve data center processing speed, capacity, and efficiency. These include:

•  A flash-optimized Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) with adaptive data reduction to reduce capacity requirements.

•  10x faster inline compression, intelligently distributed across every flash module to accelerate performance.

•  Automated data tiering to cloud delivers greater savings.

•  Data-reduction guarantees to double capacity and extend the capacity planning window.

•  Ability to scale capacity to multi-petabyte amounts.

•  Always-on access to data to ensure zero downtime.

•  Quality of service (QoS) controls to optimize application performance.

•  Advanced storage automation.

•  Built-in data protection capabilities.


These features provide important competitive advantages. With VSP F Series you can accelerate analytics to make faster decisions, which is critical in an economy where responsiveness can make the difference between market success and failure.


Other benefits include a more agile IT infrastructure that can be adapted and reconfigured to meet rapidly changing computing needs; an overall reduction in data center costs due to flash technology’s greater storage efficiency; and high performance and availability, which translates into a competitive advantage.


Are You Falling Behind?

The digital economy is not kind to laggards. Success today and in the future, requires insight, agility, adaptability, and execution. VSP F Series storage solutions are simple to deploy and also include data optimization technologies that ensure flexibility and adaptability within multiple computing environments. In addition, Hitachi guarantees 100% data availability, with nonstop uptime, for VSP F Series.


All-flash storage solutions can help enterprises across all industries, from financial services to telecommunications, to modernize their infrastructure by providing the speed and scalability necessary to meet future customer needs and business requirements in the digital age.


Learn more about our all-flash storage VSP F Series and its 100% data availability guarantee.