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Yet to achieve results like that, those powerful new solutions require the dynamic performance only IBM FlashSystem storage arrays can deliver. Unlike solid-state drives (SSDs) originally designed for slower disk-based systems, FlashSystem arrays are engineered for flash from the ground up. As a result, they provide microsecond response times, rather than the millisecond responsiveness of competing products.

FlashSystem arrays also enable even the biggest big data analytics applications to process massive quantities of information rapidly. “Being able to take action automatically based on real-time analytics is a large part of IT’s future right now,” Algozzine says. IBM FlashSystem solutions give companies the “micro-latency” performance they need to adjust prices, optimize inventory, prevent fraud, and more at top speed.

That industry-leading latency also makes IBM FlashSystem an ideal platform for cloud computing environments. Running cloud solutions on fast FlashSystem arrays helps businesses compensate for the performance slowdowns that network bandwidth constraints and long-distance connections can create. It also makes exploiting the cloud’s scalability advantages significantly easier.

Workload scalability

Don’t get a van when a compact car will do. If you have a less demanding workload, you’ll save money by choosing the flash storage product that’s the right size for your company’sneeds. Look for a mature suite of solutions that let you compare multiple products with different capacities.

Computing resources


Flash solutions actually cut back on overall IT expenses. With high speeds that eliminate storage-related infrastructure bottlenecks, flash lets you support larger workloads.

Storage installation needs


Flash storage requires less space to store the same amount of data. When you invest in flash, you save money by cutting back on costs associated with additional space and management requirements.

Efficient solutions


Flash modules use less power than hard drives. You can lower costs even further by paying close attention to power efficiency. Because flash modules use less power than hard drives, they have lower energy expenses.

Accelerated performance


Faster is always better for business. Flash’s greater speeds give companies the power to quickly mine deeper insights and respond to customers almost instantaneously—all while using fewer resources.

Harnessing existing applications


As you strive for better performance, you might consider replacing your applications or doing expensive and time-consuming optimizations just to seek out small improvements. But flash lets you boost performance while using your existing applications—no overhaul needed.

Data reduction


To improve storage efficiency, look for a solution with data reduction technologies, like pattern removal, deduplication and compression. Thin provisioning and space-efficient snapshots are additional functions that make the most of your storage capacity. Just watch out for compression solutions that include “recompression” as a value add. The first compression cycle should work well enough that a second one isn’t needed.

Now more affordable than ever:

IBM FlashSystem 5010 configuration:

Dual active/active controllers

4 ports 16Gbps FC per controller

32GB Cache per controller

6x 3.8TB SSD

Replication, FlashCopy and EasyTier

Costs with 3Y maintenance: USD11,000

IBM FlashSystem 7200 configuration:

Dual active/active controllers

4 ports 16Gbps FC per controller

128GB Cache per controller

6x 3.8TB SSD

Data Reduction, Replication, FlashCopy and EasyTier

Costs with 3Y maintenance: USD36,000

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