Flash options for the array or server

Last updated:August 2014

Editor's note

Solid-state storage is showing up in enterprise servers and storage in a variety of different configurations. Server-side flash options are popular because they put the data on flash storage physically close to the applications that require it most, reducing latency. However, server-side flash is typically directly attached to a single server, which does not allow applications running on additional servers access to flash. This can be accomplished with software, but that adds latency back into the equation. Flash storage is, of course, also being implemented in arrays. This can mean a hybrid array with mostly hard disks and a flash tier for frequently accessed information or an all-flash array. Our Essential Guide to SSD implementation looks at the variety of ways flash storage is showing up in servers and storage today. It also compares and contrasts each of the different flash options, so you can make an informed decision about what's right for your organization.

1Hybrid and all-flash arrays allow a variety of apps to access data on flash storage

Array-based flash storage ranges from home-brewed flash options created by adding flash to an existing array, to arrays that have been designed from the ground up to maximize the potential of flash storage.

2Learn where flash makes the most sense for your organization's needs

The final section of our guide to offers information about how the different implementations of flash storage stack up against each other, so you can choose the best approach for your particular needs.