Many organizations are struggling to deal with the two-headed monster created by rapidly growing volumes and increased performance demands. This is driving the shift from traditional disk storage to all-flash storage arrays. In fact, disk storage could be going the way of the dodo bird — the all-flash array market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 27.9 percent through 2024, according to Persistence Market Research.
Longstanding concerns about flash are either no longer valid or not significant enough to slow flash adoption. Total cost of ownership for flash is now comparable to disk storage. Although flash will wear with use, newer flash technology is more durable and has a longer physical life than many hard disk drives. Perhaps most importantly, the contention that flash performance is a luxury and not a business necessity, particularly at the enterprise level, no longer holds water.
With speeds up to 500 times that of disk, the performance of flash has never been in doubt. However, the emergence of mobility, the cloud, the Internet of Things and big data has expanded the uses cases for flash and necessitates real-time data processing. Flash can help organizations mine their data to uncover new market opportunities, quickly develop new products and services, maximize operational efficiency, and improve customer service. Flash now offers much higher capacity than disk with a much smaller data center footprint. Flash vendors have even introduced data management services to help organizations get a handle on their data.
Dell EMC XtremIO is the all-flash market leader with more than 40 percent market share, including 65 percent of Fortune 100 companies. XtremIO delivers predictable, scale-out performance that ensures always-on application availability and sub-millisecond responsiveness. XtremIO can store six times more data than disk storage and consolidate multiple Tier 1 workloads on a single platform to reduce costs by as much as 80 percent in three years. Integrated copy data management capabilities include unlimited in-memory copies, real-time analytics, on-demand dev/testing and total infrastructure consolidation.
Capabilities sound great on paper, but what about actual use cases? A leading commercial insurance company is using XtremIO to manage production and pre-production storage in a way that meets both performance and compliance requirements. A wind turbine company is using XtremIO to collect, store and analyze mission-critical wind systems data and develop wind energy solutions. A professional baseball team is using XtremIO to manage data from its front office systems, including sales, customer relationship management, and finance and business intelligence, in order to improve the fan experience.
Later this year, XtremIO will support multiple protocols. Integration with Dell Fluid File System, a scale-out, network-attached storage technology, will allow XtremIO to add NFS, SMB, Hadoop Distributed File System and NDMP storage protocols. This update will not affect performance, and file storage and block storage will be managed through the same interface.
As disk storage gradually becomes obsolete, all-flash storage is quickly emerging as the dominant storage technology. Dell EMC XtremIO is already firmly entrenched as the market leader, delivering performance, durability, availability and data management features that other platforms can’t match.
by Jon Chappell