Initially, products in the all-flash array market lacked enterprise-class capacity and features such as snapshot, replication and quality of service. As such, all-flash arrays were relegated to accelerating performance of specific applications.
Today, all-flash array capacities, physical characteristics, application, features and endurance now rival those of market-leading hard disk drive arrays and hybrid flash arrays. Costs have also decreased as the price of NAND chips continues to decline. Because of this, some organizations are considering all-flash storage arrays for their Tier-1 data.
However, not all-flash arrays are created equally. Like storage arrays, they come in a variety of price points that offer different capacities, performance levels and baked-in functionality.
This guide to the all-flash array market offers in-depth articles on choosing the right all-flash storage array for your needs. You'll also find a handful of examples of all-flash arrays, including helpful product specifications.
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Navigating the all-flash array market
The following in-depth articles detail everything you need to know to navigate the all-flash array market when making a purchase, including how to select the right model for your specific needs, important functionality and features you should look at, savvy buying tips and how to decide if you even need an all-flash storage array in the first place.
All-flash arrays aren't new, and products now offer the high performance and advanced features enterprises are looking for. As such, it's hard to come up with reasons not to purchase one. Continue Reading
The cost of solid-state storage and its particular performance standards mean it takes more than knowing application and workload information to get the right system for your technical and business needs. Before you wade into the all-flash array market, get information on how to write a request for proposals. Continue Reading
A sampling of the all-flash array market
The following links are not an exhaustive list of the all-flash array market, but rather a cross-section of available products (accurate as of September 1, 2015).
The XtremIO scale-out enterprise storage array is designed to improve application performance. It can be managed through a GUI interface, VMware vCenter plug-in, command line interface or REST API. Continue Reading
The IBM FlashSystem 840 series is designed for OLTP, VDI and cloud environments, while the V840 series is an enterprise-level, software-driven series. Both product lines use IBM Variable Stripe RAID and system-wide RAID 5 to prevent data loss in a failure. Continue Reading
The Violin 6000 series of flash arrays includes the 6600, 6200 and 6100, and can be used for midsize and enterprise businesses that run larger VDI, big data analytics and other applications. Continue Reading
Brush up on your NAND knowledge
Be a true NAND nerd and check out the following terms you will need to understand to evaluate products in the all-flash array market.