Data protection playbook for all-flash storage

Key considerations for the tech savvy storage buyer

Today the all flash data center is a viable alternative

The volume of data you need to manage and protect grows at a pace that is difficult to keep up with—roughly 40% per year for the typical enterprise. Add to that the performance demands of new applications—instant response times, always-on availability, and anytime, anywhere access—and data center managers are often left with storage challenges that can’t be addressed with traditional spinning disk technology.

To meet these challenges, many enterprises are turning to flash storage. A viable flash storage solution must provide:

  1. Speed
  2. Affordability
  3. Availability
  4. Scale

While some flash vendors focus solely on speed or affordability, your flash solution needs to provide all four attributes above, along with operational efficiencies that help reduce IT run rates. High density, large capacity flash arrays can reduce your storage footprint by 80%, with
commensurate reductions in power and cooling costs. With the cost of flash storage now as low as $1.50 per useable GB of storage, the all-flash data center is a viable alternative. The future of storage is all-flash.

The future of data protection—flash-integrated flat backup

If all-flash storage is a real option for enterprise data centers, this raises a question: Will existing data protection schemes withstand the demands of an all-flash primary storage environment?

Global business and always-on availability requirements mean that you can’t tolerate down time. Add to that the cascading impact of failure in a virtual world, where a single hardware failure can take down multiple virtual servers and applications. The risk to your business, along with the operational costs of managing that risk, can be staggering.

Most enterprise environments have primary storage arrays and backup appliances based on disparate storage architectures with no integration, requiring backup solutions that are expensive to buy, complex to manage, and degrade the performance of the production servers you’re trying to protect. That’s a problem resulting in complexities and inefficiencies that you just can’t afford in a high-performance environment.

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