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Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to NVMe for Business-Critical Apps

What if you could:

  • Reduce latency in your Oracle and Microsoft SQL databases by 50%?
  • Achieve two times higher bandwidth for write-focused applications?
  • Deliver 27% greater performance for the vertical applications that are most critical to business competitiveness?
  • Consolidate your mixed-workload environments to power your private and hybrid clouds without risk of I/O contention?

And what if you could do all those things—and more—without having to pay a premium, increase complexity, experience downtime to upgrade, or sacrifice business continuity? In fact, what if you could do all those things and also save money and increase business agility?

Chances are you’d sign up, right?

Welcome to the new world of “democratized” NVMe all-flash storage. IT decision-makers across the spectrum—responsible for applications, infrastructure, storage, databases or anything else—can now accelerate their business-critical processes by upgrading to NVMe.

NVMe is the next-generation all-flash technology, available today from Pure Storage® with no cost premium. It uses a protocol designed specifically for all-flash storage, providing massive parallelism to dramatically reduce latency and accelerate performance. For example, NVMe arrays deliver 50% lower latency than non-NVMe solutions for similar workloads.

Here are the top five reasons why NVMe is fast becoming the go-to storage solution for any organization looking to modernize its business-critical workloads.

Reason No. 1: Performance
Anyone responsible for business applications understands the importance of performance consistency, as well as the pressures today’s business challenges place on existing infrastructure. These include managing exponential data growth, supporting mobility, empowering big data analytics, and moving to private and hybrid clouds to maximize agility. NVMe technology delivers a breakthrough in performance of enterprise applications such as Oracle, Microsoft and SAP, as well as vertical apps such as Epic for healthcare. The gains cited above—faster response times, lower latency and higher bandwidth—have all been measured and proven in real-world use cases.1

Reason No. 2: Economics
Typically, when a new technology offers a next-generation performance improvement, vendors charge a premium. That has been the trend with NVMe, and it remains the case with just about every vendor—with the exception of Pure Storage. Customers can now invest in any Pure enterprise-class array with either NVMe or non-NVMe storage for the same price. This means you get the best combination of performance density and value for your business-critical apps—through higher performance density, mixed-workload consolidation, industry-leading data reduction and reduced software licensing fees due to lower CPU core utilization.

Reason No. 3: Reliability and business continuity
Performance is critical, of course, but not if it means compromising reliability. With NVMe built into Pure Storage FlashArray™ products, you don’t have to make any tradeoffs in reliability or business continuity. Pure Storage FlashArrays have proven 99.9999% availability, plus always-on quality of service. In addition, customers can leverage Pure Storage’s Purity ActiveCluster technology to synchronously replicate business-critical applications between two data centers in a metro area through an active/active architecture. This means you can use NVMe to improve performance density and reduce the costs and risks of business continuity without compromises.

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Reason No. 4: Simplicity
Pure Storage FlashArrays with NVMe use the same modular architecture and software-defined Purity software and flash management that Pure has used for years on its all-flash arrays. This means they are simple to deploy and manage, typically up and running in a half hour or less, requiring no tiering or performance tuning. In addition, today’s Pure Storage arrays leverage Pure1 Meta™, built-in artificial intelligence for management and predictive support, plus REST APIs for simple cloud orchestration.

Reason No. 5: Scale for the future
Your business-critical applications are not going to remain static. They’re going to require even greater performance in the future while supporting more data, users, features and functions. By upgrading to NVMe now, you get a jump-start on modernizing your key applications and stay ahead of the competition. And with Pure’s innovative Evergreen™ Storage offering, you are laying the foundation for the future. By leveraging an Evergreen Storage subscription, you always stay current with technology innovation without having to go through painful migrations and forklift upgrades. You can run a mix of business-critical applications along with new cloud-native apps in a shared accelerated storage architecture, utilizing a next-generation class of storage with breakthroughs in performance, simplicity and consolidation.2

Conclusion
If you haven’t begun the process of modernizing your business-critical apps, it is just a matter of time before you will need to. IDC says 55% of enterprises will be forced to modernize their data centers over the next couple of years due to “the heavy workload demands of next-generation applications and new IT architectures in critical business facilities.”3

If you’ve started modernizing but are not yet using NVMe storage, it’s time to take a step back and re-evaluate. You don’t want to invest in a critical technology like all-flash storage and find that it is obsolete by the time you have it installed. In the world of all-flash storage, NVMe is the future. And when it comes to modernizing business-critical apps, the future is now. You can start by visiting Pure Storage.

1Enterprise Storage Performance: What Matters, What Doesn’t, and Why,” Pure Storage Blog, Aug. 14, 2018
2New FlashArray//X Family: Shared Accelerated Storage for Every Workload,” Pure Storage Blog, May 23, 2018
3Top 10 Data Center Predictions: IDC,” Network World, Dec. 19, 2017

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