Enterprises in the midst of digital transformations all eventually come upon the same situation: What to do about storage? For most, the answer is flash storage.
It’s rise in popularity and broad usage by organizations around the globe has resulted in numerous flash storage solutions, available in every major type of storage platform and including both scale-up and scale-out designs.
But, despite its popularity and wide acceptance within the IT channel, is a flash storage solution, like Dell EMC flash storage, right for your enterprise?
Will your enterprise see benefits from flash storage?
The short answer is yes. The benefits of flash storage include operational and cost efficiency, improved reliability and administrative productivity, as well as energy and floor space savings.
Enterprises that are short on space will find the space savings particularly noteworthy. For the type of workloads that most enterprises require of their data centers, solid state disks (SSDs) deliver, on average, 10 times the output of hard disk drives (HDDs). Additionally, flash storage is more suited for performance-sensitive workloads than HDDs, which usually require small-capacity devices in those instances, further driving the number of drives up and costing valuable space in your data center.
Due to the smaller number of required devices and the increased infrastructure density, flash storage also reduces power consumption at the array level, offering long-term cost savings.
Other cost savings can be found from the reduced time spent by administrators addressing performance issues. HDD-based arrays that are under heavy workloads often need a significant amount of attention devoted to tuning systems and communicating with end-users regarding performance gaps; SDDs remove this burden.
Similarly, because SDDs are solid state, and not mechanical like HDDs, flash storage arrays are much more reliable. In addition, increased device efficiency means fewer devices that will require maintenance, saving IT even more time.
Will a flash storage solution increase business productivity?
In addition to the benefits seen on the IT side, flash storage also improves the end user experience and overall business productivity through increased storage performance.
First and foremost, due to the reliability of flash storage arrays, everyday user experiences will be improved, especially for enterprises that are already pushing what their HDD array is capable of. When employees can quickly access the information they need to get their jobs done, and aren’t running into performance issues, their will productivity skyrocket.
Additionally, the reliability of flash storage means your enterprise will experience far fewer outages when compared to HDD. These outages, which halt work completely, not just slow it down, can be disastrous and by avoiding them, end users will be able to work uninhibited and devote their energy towards their workload, not fighting against your storage solution.
What are you looking for in a flash storage solution?
Once you’ve determined that flash storage is the right option for your enterprise, the next question is which solution will best fit your needs?
Dell EMC flash storage, available in both all-flash and hybrid options and powered by Intel Xeon processors, offers all the benefits discussed above and more. Featuring advanced architectures and industry-leading software, Dell EMC flash storage solutions will deliver the performance your enterprise needs while lowering overall ownership costs.
Dell EMC’s all-flash options offer lower latency and increased consolidation, taking up less floor space with up to 4:1 storage efficiency, while hybrid options feature infrastructure flexibility, driving down costs and increasing IT efficiency.
By offering both all-flash and hybrid options, like the VMAX All Flash and the Dell EMC Unity, Dell EMC ensures that any enterprise, regardless of their particular needs, scale or existing infrastructure, can make the change to flash storage simply and easily.
Ready to discover the Benefits of Dell EMC flash storage?
Dell EMC’s extensive flash storage portfolio has solutions that will match any use case, and are suitable for enterprises of any size, allowing customers to pick the option that best matches their needs. In addition to increasing IT efficiency and business productivity, while lowering cost of ownership, many solutions also have key features such as self-optimizing architecture, auto-failover for business continuity, mission-critical availability, and more. By including these features, Dell EMC helps enterprises deliver better performance, lower costs and improve business outcomes. If you’re ready to make the change now, contact WEI to begin building a custom solution for your business.