Digital transformation is fundamentally changing the way organizations view and manage their data, with an estimated 60 percent of data-driven enterprises scheduled to begin digital transformation by 2020. This transformation allows enterprises to use their data to generate revenue and keep a competitive edge – but only if it can be stored accurately and organized in a way that keeps it easily accessible.
The more an enterprise comes to rely on data insights to stay effective and competitive, the less feasible it becomes to use traditional measurement of hours when considering recovery point (RPO) and recovery time (RTO) objectives. Enterprises are now striving for backup and disaster recovery to serve data with zero downtime and zero loss.
Additionally, many are now discovering just how valuable their backup data can be. Instead of simply being held as a backup, it is increasingly being used for analytics, testing and development, staging, and e-discovery. Secondary storage systems are emerging to address both data protection and use and, for many scenarios, all-flash storage systems are the way to go.
What All-Flash Storage can do for you
Let’s take a look at what your enterprise can expect from the digital transformation to flash storage.
1. Greater application performance
Flash storage easily delivers 10 times the performance of hard disk drives, allowing you to accelerate your applications, whether that is processing more data transactions per second or dramatically reducing the time required to run batch processes. The performance promise is where many begin their journey to adopt flash.
2. Responsiveness for a digital economy
The real advantage of flash storage is consistent sub-millisecond latency, making every application more responsive. Reduced latency has been cited by Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Walmart as the key to prolonging customer engagement, increasing sales, and raising user satisfaction in today’s digital economy.
3. Operational simplicity
Flash storage can greatly simplify application administration and storage operations by significantly reducing, and in many cases eliminating, configuration tuning and tweaking. Adopters of flash storage reclaim hours of staff time that can be reinvested and applied to strategic initiatives that advance the business.
4. Accelerate next-gen initiatives
CIOs seek to gain a competitive advantage with initiatives that often include agility, cloud (and cloud operating models), security, mobility, big data analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Flash storage provides the foundation that ensures next-gen initiatives will run as well in production as they do during the pilot and testing phases. The economic and agile qualities of flash storage also accelerate the rise of internal clouds as a more secure, more performant, more resilient, and more cost-effective alternative to public cloud – giving enterprises greater flexibility and control around their business-critical applications.
5. Data center efficiency
Flash storage consumes a fraction of the power and rack space compared to disk storage. By adopting flash storage, data centers achieve resource efficiencies that allow them to host more IT services and store more data well into the future.
Transform your data with the Pure Storage ObjectEngine platform
The Pure Storage ObjectEngine platform is the industry’s first flash-to-flash-to-cloud (F2F2C) solution, tapping the power of flash storage and cloud to modernize data protection for data-centric enterprises.
The ObjectEngine platform consists of two products, ObjectEngine//A and ObjectEngine Cloud. ObjectEngine//A is an on-premises system that sits between applications and a backend object store. Together, they transparently perform inline data duplication and encryption to reduce storage and data transmission costs by up to 97 percent.
ObjectEngine Cloud is a cloud-native software offering that delivers scale-out capabilities in the cloud. With ObjectEngine Cloud, enterprises can take advantage of opportunities for data to be reused for web services like GDPR, analytics, and AI.
ObjectEngine is not only fast but massively scalable, considering its capability to manage hundreds of petabytes of data in a single namespace across on-premises object storage, cloud, and hybrid cloud. This eliminates data silos, reduces administration demands, and improves time-to-innovation for value-creating workloads.
ObjectEngine can encrypt data before it lands on an object store and integrates with key management systems including Amazon KMS and KMIP-compatible hardware security modules for management and storage of cryptographic keys.
Plan Your Digital Transformation To Flash Storage With WEI
If your enterprise is ready for digital transformation to take its data storage to the next level, contact WEI today to discuss this and other custom solutions.