SSD and Flash Storage
Solid-state disk and flash are driving some of the most exciting developments in storage due to the high performance and increasing capacity of flash technology. Many organizations have standardized on hybrid arrays for shared infrastructure and are now deploying all-flash arrays to control costs and deliver high performance to their most demanding applications. This section covers the many options available for deploying flash technology today, including server flash, hybrid arrays, caching technology and all-flash arrays.
Many vendors offer high-performance all-flash arrays (AFAs) to address high-throughput workloads with random data access patterns and low latency requirements, such as virtual desktop infrastructure and online transaction processing. AFAs offer performance advantages over hard disk drive-based systems for these workloads, yet many of them lack critical capabilities in one key area: enterprise data management.
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As flash storage has become more robust and affordable for enterprise environments, IT teams are using it to solve some of their most pressing performance challenges, such as OLTP, databases and desktop virtualization.
New flash-based storage options are motivating IT professionals to reconsider the mix of storage media in their data centers. Some are even starting to question how much longer spinning hard drives will play a role in their infrastructure.
NetApp has introduced several important innovations since first incorporating flash technology in 2009. On the software side, we have focused on the use of intelligent caching to maximize storage infrastructure efficiency. In hardware, our innovations have focused on high performance and reliability. This article provides a closer look at the hardware elements that enable our hybrid flash arrays: NetApp® Flash Cache™ and NetApp Flash Pool™.