The rules of business are straightforward. Your biggest ally is your customer, but only if you can continue to serve their needs. Your greatest competition is the rival luring those customers by trying to serve their needs better than you do. To stay in the game, you must be smarter and quicker. As such, companies are always looking for the next push, the catalyst that will take them further.
But what if there was something that does a lot more than a mere boost – and which fits in nicely with your existing technology? Look no further than your technology storage.
Storage is often disregarded, because it has become such a reliable part of business technology infrastructure. Storage only garners attention when it fails or when it runs out.
Yet a new development in storage is putting a lot more into the business than keeping files in their place. All-flash arrays are completely rewriting the rules around business performance. Forget doubling your application speeds: through all-flash, improvements of five, ten, even thirty times faster are very common.
Flash storage is entirely not new. Developed in the late Seventies, it has matured and in the 21st century started to assert itself. Modern smartphones run on Flash storage, as do thumb drives, SD cards in cameras and Solid State Drives (SSDs) in laptops. In fact, if you are fortunate enough to own a new laptop with an SSD drive, you no doubt saw an incredible leap in performance.
Unlike traditional digital storage such as hard drives, flash is not impaired by physical movement. That not only makes it significantly faster, but also far more resilient. Crunch the total cost of ownership numbers and flash’s value is without dispute. But this is only true for best of breed flash arrays such as from VCE, where the top brands are combined with excellent engineering and the best software management.
The speed of flash enables Tier 1 business applications to perform far faster. This is where the unbelievable 30-fold jumps in performance can be seen. In fact, flash’s paradigm shift is so significant that it allows applications stacks such as from SAP or Oracle accomplish things that are impossible on traditional systems. For example, real-time organisations that follow business activities as they happen are only possible with applications powered by all-flash arrays. If you ever wondered how a retailer can pull a real-time report on any branch at any time, all-flash is the answer.
The traditional hard drive remains a technology champion and will continue to serve roles in businesses. But all-flash systems are taking companies into a new league of performance. Don’t let it slip you by. Don’t let the lion catch you. Find out today what your business can gain from the next generation in storage speeds.