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Innovation Over Integration Yields Unprecedented Storage Efficiency

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We live in an age of tremendous storage hardware innovation. Solid-state drives (SSDs) that are capable of delivering more than 100,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) in raw performance have hit the market. The reality, though, is that customers are not getting the full benefits of these innovations. They are only able to obtain a fraction of these levels of performance from their storage arrays, because the storage array is bogged down by wildly inefficient legacy storage software algorithms.

How to Reduce the Cost of Storage Operations

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Storage managers have always been pressured to do more with less. That pressure intensifies as the volume of data explodes, as the number of performance-hungry workloads grows, and as faster-performing but also more expensive storage technologies such as solid-state drives (SSDs) and non-volatile memory express drives (NVMe) enter the equation. Delivering the throughput, processing power, and storage capacity required by today’s workload ecosystem without breaking the bank necessitates new levels of hardware utilization that are not possible with legacy storage software.

How to Reduce the Cost of Performance Storage

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The advent of solid-state disk (SSD) media and non-volatile memory express (NVMe) protocols makes storage cost optimization more important than ever before. SSDs offer more capacity per unit than hard disk drives (HDDs), and they continue to become denser as the technology matures. Meanwhile, NVMe delivers faster performance and lower latency to this media, and new networking interfaces such as 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) increase bandwidth. All of this innovation comes at a price premium, creating the need to harness all the performance available from the storage media effectively.

Why Does IT Buy New Storage?

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Storage environments have been historically siloed. Infrastructure is dedicated specifically for production, backup and archive use cases, and each environment or workload often receives its own dedicated storage infrastructure. This fragmentation is becoming exacerbated as hyperconverged infrastructure, cloud storage services, and a new tier of performance-hungry workloads enter the equation. Quickly, IT organizations are faced with a significant degree of storage cost and complexity. This is unacceptable in terms of meeting digital business requirements for agility, simplicity and new levels of cost efficiency.

What Are Your Storage Priorities?

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The Storage Utilization Challenge. Today’s information era places a premium on storage performance and capacity while further squeezing budgets. Data is growing at an exponential rate, and businesses are turning to artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics workloads in a meaningful way to harness this information for new advantages. Meanwhile, these business requirements necessitate faster performance from traditional workloads such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server as well. This demanding workload ecosystem requires unprecedented levels of utilization of storage capacity, storage memory and storage IO performance.

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