Tips For Evaluating Solid-State Arrays

Published on 16 Jul 2022

Evaluating, Solid-State Arrays

As competition in the market for all-flash storage heats up, purchasers have an array of smart options from which to pick. Increasingly sophisticated features and developments make high-performance storage even more practical and suitable for a wide range of applications. However, not all solid-state arrays are identical. In this All-flash Buyer's Guide, Members of IT Central Station outline the criteria they seek in an all-flash system as storage pros. The paper examines what makes an all-flash solid-state array effective in a challenging IT environment by analyzing user feedback on Pure Storage's all-flash systems.

A Brief Analysis of the Present Flash Market

All-flash storage arrays have proven themselves on the market long ago. The majority, if not all, IT departments today see all-flash storage as "required" for at least a portion of their storage workloads. Some individuals even advocate an all-flash approach. As the price per gigabyte of all-flash storage decreases, the technology's performance benefits become compelling.

Moving to all-flash does not ensure that the best option will be chosen. Currently, buyers are concerned with more sophisticated concerns. 

They want to comprehend how a storage solution would impact IT operations and expenses. They want to know how it will affect the company and its workers. They have complex technical queries about very particular use cases. They want to know how adaptable and nimble all-flash solutions are in a constantly changing business and IT environment; how fast they can be updated and extended, ideally without compromising data availability or performance. This manual aims to resolve these issues.

Advice for Buyers Evaluating Solid-state Arrays

IT Central Station employees outline what they need in a solid-state array. On the basis of their experiences with Pure Storage® products, they propose all-flash systems capable of delivering robust, rapid performance across a variety of applications and workloads.

In addition, they underline the need for storage that allows for continuous, effortless functioning.

Better storage efficiency and data reduction are extremely desired since they lower the quantity of raw storage needed, power consumption, and data center space. The optimal all-flash system should give economic benefits via a reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) as well as business agility advantages. Additionally, world-class vendor assistance is essential.

Efficiency gains and data reduction

IT departments are under constant pressure to achieve more with fewer resources, particularly in continuing costs such as space, electricity, and cooling. Storage is one area in which IT administrators may save costs and improve SLAs provided they make sensible decisions.

A CTO of a small business discovered that his organization's adoption of FlashArray resulted to an improvement in performance while reducing power consumption, space, and cooling. As he said, "They greatly decreased their carbon impact."

Economically Beneficial

As members of IT Central Station make apparent in their remarks, effective storage management substantially impacts cost management. The optimal all-flash array will provide an economic benefit to the organization.

As shown before, customers have realized significant savings by purchasing less raw flash and, thus, using less space, power, and cooling. Moreover, the optimal all-flash system will reduce TCO by avoiding storage repurchases and disruptive updates.


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