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An account executive may tell you that the array you’ve been scoping has your make-or-break feature included. If so, then there should be no issue with letting you test one of their units to verify. Maybe it’s a feature they have, but you need to know more about the effectiveness of the feature, such as data deduplication.

Turns out there is a such thing as free lunch. The StorTrends team has been conducting occasional Virtual Lunch-n-Learn events centered around data storage topics, and most importantly, they will send you a FREE PIZZA for you and your comrades to enjoy as you learn.

Within the past few years, there has been a steady increase in the number of companies investing in flash-based storage arrays. With the price of SSDs going down year after year, SMBs and SMEs are now able to justify purchasing a flash-based unit due in a large part to their sheer performance benefits. Who can blame us for wanting these high performing units that provide high IOPS counts and low latencies to our infrastructures? This seems like a no-brainer, right? When choosing a flash-based unit, we are handed two options….

With recent advances in cloud technology, IT Managers have been curious as to why they should maintain their data on-site when they have the option to move to a cloud, or hosted solution. Many concerns are around the areas of security, latency, and of course, cost. There are many reasons to move workloads or data to the cloud, but there are also many reasons to select an On Premise solution.

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.

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