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Flash technology can be attractive for cloud service providers -- and enterprises -- looking for a highly available, scalable and efficient data storage solution.
For service providers operating in or moving to the cloud, data storage is a strategic component of their overall offering. Whether it’s a small regional managed service provider (MSP) or a global cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider, a great storage platform can provide that competitive edge to rapidly grow your business. On the flip side, a weak storage system can be the Achilles’ heel that costs a provider service-level agreement (SLA) penalties or, worse, new business opportunities.
Traditional storage systems have been engineered for businesses that have the luxury of specialized skills and significant storage budgets. In contrast, service provider operations designed for scale with margin-optimizing efficiency require considerably more storage with considerably less complexity. Most attempts by traditional vendors to address these needs have forced service providers to make painful tradeoffs in critical areas such as availability, performance and cost.
This was first published in May 2012