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In the growing storage industry, many companies are migrating from physical environments to more efficient virtualized environments. There are a number of tedious processes involved in providing a smooth and successful migration, with planning being the preliminary stage in the process.

More and more companies have begun adopting flash hardware in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs) due to their undeniable performance benefits. While nearly every application can benefit from SSD technology, their price and limited capacity compared to spinning hard disk drives (HDDs) has led many IT administrators to employ only a small footprint of SSD hardware in order to accelerate performance of specific applications. SSDs have proven to be especially beneficial for database acceleration due to the generally high performance requirements and low capacity of database applications.

Hard Drive Disks (HDDs), are generally used as a secondary storage medium, and impose latency in data storage due to its mechanical nature. To overcome the latency, a component called cache, typically of smaller size but on a faster storage medium, is used to store data so that future requests can be served faster.

Many business professionals would agree that after money, data is the lifeline of any business - and if data is disturbed, the ability of the business to function properly is also disturbed. However, many IT Managers fail to recognize the fact that the value of a businesses data is not constant.

Since flash storage was introduced into the mainstream SAN marketplace less than a decade ago, its presence in data centers across the world has grown like a weed and shows little signs of slowing down. With All-Flash SANs becoming more prevalent but still not the norm, we thought we’d go over the current top 5 benefits of all flash storage.

Before purchasing a flash array from any vendor, it is a good idea to ask the right questions to be sure you will get the right storage solution in the end. If the potential vendor cannot answer “Yes” to all the questions below, contact a StorTrends representative to find the right solution for your IT environment.

Over the last decade, data storage technology has made quantum leaps in performance, reliability, and functionality to keep up with companies’ ever-growing data generation and retrieval requirements. These advancements in storage technology have not only come in the form of raw hardware, but primarily in the form of intelligent data management software and innovative approaches to hardware architecture.

IT Managers can run into a plethora of issues within their infrastructures. Networking, hosts, and storage are just a few of the many pain points IT managers face within their IT environment. All pieces and parts must work together to create a balanced state where bottlenecks are dissolved. Here are few of the top issues that IT Managers face due to storage related tasks: