Why AFA Architecture Matters as Enterprises Pursue Dense Mixed Workload Consolidation

All flash arrays (AFAs) have proven themselves able to meet the requirements of high performance dedicated application environments over the last several years, and enterprise customers are now planning to move more workloads to these platforms over time. Enterprise storage arrays have always been used for dense mixed workload consolidation, and as the cost of flash storage drops, customers are asking themselves when AFAs can effectively assume the primary storage array role, replacing entirely systems that use hard disk drive (HDD) technology.

The answer to that question lies in how quickly AFAs can cost-effectively evolve to accommodate the other key performance, endurance, availability and reliability, scalability, data services and integration requirements that an array running a dense mix of primary applications must exhibit.

This white paper discusses the current state of the AFA market and how IDC sees this evolving in the future as AFAs start to dominate primary enterprise storage environments. IDC will identify the requirements enterprises should be looking for in AFA products, discussing the business and technical benefits of these features. If you want to know more about the Violin Memory Flash Storage Platform (FSP) download this white paper now!

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