ESG: HPE 3PAR Flash Now: Accelerating All-Flash Data Center Transformation
Over the past several years, the IT industry has seen solid-state (or flash) technology evolve at a record pace. Early on, the high cost and relative newness of flash meant that it was mainly relegated to accelerating niche workloads. More recently, however, flash storage has “gone mainstream” thanks to maturing media technology. Lower media cost has resulted from memory innovations that have enabled greater density and new architectures such as 3D NAND. Simultaneously, flash vendors have refined how to exploit flash storage’s idiosyncrasies—for example, they can extend the flash media lifespan through data reduction and other techniques. As a result, flash now makes economic sense for more workloads—particularly when the equation takes into account consolidation of racks of inefficient legacy storage onto hyper-dense, all-flash arrays with a smaller footprint, lower energy costs, more predictability, and a lower management burden. So, while all-flash arrays are solving performance problems in the data center—of that there is no doubt—the true power of flash goes well beyond performance. In fact, it would be hard to deny that flash is a game-changer.