Ready or not, there are big changes happening in the world of storage infrastructure.
The data your organization depends on continues to grow at an astonishing rate, but budgeting boatloads of money to spend on your IT infrastructure is out of the question. After all, what’s the point of throwing more money at the same infrastructure that keeps slowing you down?
If the limits of your current storage infrastructure are affecting your bottom line, it’s time to take a long, hard look at how you’re using flash storage.
From a storage perspective, flash has become the de facto standard for mitigating the long latencies experienced with spinning disks. But is it possible—or practical—to replace all your spinning disk with flash?
Is there such a thing as an all-flash data center?
Traditional storage subsystems were built as a combination of controller modules and disk modules. You could add disk modules for additional capacity, but couldn’t predict how it would impact other users accessing the same storage system. And adding controllers can be a disruptive event.
With the NetApp SolidFire all-flash array storage solution, both functions are integrated into the same building block. Providing massive flexibility with zero impact upstream, SolidFire is a pool of storage that can be scaled easily just by adding nodes.
SolidFire allows administrators to set a minimum and maximum IOPS rating for each application. Then it goes one step further by providing a “burst” option. How does this work? Users can burst app storage as needed to accommodate high-traffic times like the holidays. What happens if you run out of resources? Of course, you have the option to add one or more nodes to the system, gaining instant IOPS and capacity. But SolidFire offers another way that won’t cost you any extra.
Say you have two data centers, with ten nodes in your primary data center and seven nodes in your secondary. During peak times, you can take three nodes from the secondary and add them to the primary cluster. At this point, you would have 13 nodes with much more horsepower for your short-term, high-demand periods. No licenses or additional purchases are needed.
The all-flash data center is here, today, with NetApp SolidFire. We all know spinning disk will be around for a long time, but now it will be used for legacy apps, or longer-term cold storage.
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