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Top five flash data storage tips and tricks in 2015

Here are the top-five pieces of flash storage advice our expert analysts provided in 2015 -- from selecting an array to avoiding prevalent flash storage myths.

Flash data storage has become pervasive in the data storage landscape for its ability to handle mission-critical data and highly virtualized workloads. TechTarget contributors fielded a number of flash-related questions in 2015, and offered some key advice for those looking to implement or get the most use out of their flash technology.

We've gathered the most popular tips and answers in 2015, in which our experts discussed hot topics, such as all-flash arrays, and comment on future technologies.

Select the best all-flash array for your environment

Flash data storage vendors offered an abundance of all-flash technologies this year, making difficult to select the one best suited to your needs. In this tip, George Crump, president and founder of Storage Switzerland LLC, discussed the factors you should consider when choosing an all-flash array, including core features, available add-ons, scalability and performance. Because of the mission-critical nature of data often stored on all-flash arrays, Crump explained how to find an array that provides high availability.

What to know about memristor technology

Although memristor is not commercially available, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is working on a memristor-based computer, which it plans to launch by 2020. What does this mean for flash? In this expert answer, Brien Posey explained the potential impact of memristor and what differentiates it from the other flash data storage technologies.

Considerations when deploying all-flash

Randy Kerns, senior strategist and analyst at Evaluator Group, based in Boulder, Colo., dove into all-flash implementation, explaining the hidden gotchas involved with capacity-based pricing. The idea of the all-flash data center was a prominent one in 2015, and how to work with expanding data was a big concern. Kerns discussed this and other concerns, such as vendor support and keeping an eye on possible bottlenecks.

Don't fall for these flash data storage myths

The more information there is on a technology, the greater the potential for misinformation -- and flash data storage is no different. Will hybrid arrays solve all your performance woes? Are solid-state drives more expensive than hard disk drives? In this popular tip, Marc Staimer, founder of Dragon Slayer Consulting in Beaverton, Ore., dispelled flash myths, explained where they come from and clarified any grains of truth that might be found in them.

How to prolong the life of your flash drives

Once you've settled on flash storage, one of your next concerns might be how long it will last. Luckily, according to Posey, the steps you take to ensure good performance can also have a positive effect on your flash memory lifespan. In this tip, Posey detailed four ways you can maximize the performance and longevity of flash drives.

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