Flash based systems and SSD are exceptionally fast but expensive, fact? Maybe not… Applied are helping business of all sizes to understand how utilising a small amount of flash, in an intelligently designed tiered environment can bring massive business benefits and may even be more cost effective than spinning disk.
How? By using tiered data, compression / de-dupe, and really understanding how much of your data needs to sit on ‘gold’ standard hardware.
In a recent implementation, Applied worked with a client to use IBM SVC and Flash to compress a 24tb array to ‘present’ more than 80tb to their servers, and by tiering this with their legacy spinning disk estate, the client could show more than 3 years growth at a relatively modest investment.
But what works best for you? SSD in IBM’s V7000 or EMC’s VNX? Extreme I/O with De-Dupe? IBM Flash with compression? And how do you utilise tiering to build the cost justification. That is where the Applied experience is invaluable and we would be glad to help.