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5 Storage Obstacles for the Modern SMB to Overcome

Posted on: November 17th, 2017 by Daniella Lundsberg

When it comes to data, businesses of all sizes are forced to handle a double-edged sword. On the one hand, big data collection and analytics give you the insights necessary to make quick and effective business decisions. But at the same time, all this data has to be stored somewhere and the financial burden is quickly becoming a problem.

Legacy storage infrastructure isn’t able to keep up with modern business demands. In recent years, all-flash storage has emerged as the answer to these legacy problems. However, just because you’ve decided to go all-flash in your data center doesn’t mean the implementation process is always easy.

Especially for SMBs, the following challenges can stand in the way during an all-flash data center refresh. If the midrange to high-end storage solutions from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, such as HPE 3PAR StoreServ enterprise flash storage solutions, don’t seem within reach for your SMB, consider how Nimble Storage may offer solutions that are right-sized for you.

Roadblocks to All-Flash — and How Nimble Storage Can Help

Fast, reliable, cloud-ready data storage await the business that moves to all-flash. But these five obstacles might prove challenging:

  • Servers Faster than Disk-based Storage: You can experience application performance issues when traditional disk-based storage can’t keep up with demand. Mission-critical, data-intensive applications can’t move to all-flash if you don’t have a way to ensure the storage is optimized for workloads within hybrid environments. With solutions from Nimble Storage, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, you can unify all storage environments to achieve easy mobility and reliable access.
  • Potential for Storage Downtime: All-flash vendors have plans in place for fixing failed drives — but only after an incident has occurred. Your applications need to be highly available and you can’t afford failures in all-flash data centers that compromise mission-critical applications. Nimble Storage InfoSight™ uses cloud-based predictive analytics and machine learning to counteract problems before they impact your applications.
  • Need for Management Expertise: IT leaders are accustomed to working in data silos and the wrong move to all-flash can result in a disjointed management framework that sacrifices data protection and availability. With solutions from Nimble Storage, you gain access to a unified management framework that helps deploy flash for all workloads and future-proof the data center to avoid management issues later on.
  • Capacity Ceiling: Most all-flash arrays will hit capacity ceilings pretty quickly, making it difficult to scale at will. Nimble Storage solutions take a scale-to-fit approach that means you’ll never hit a capacity ceiling unexpectedly. You’ll have the visibility necessary to scale according to your immediate needs.
  • Cost of Deployment: Investment protection is top-of-mind for any IT leader planning upgrades in the data center. All-flash doesn’t have to give you a choice between short-term and long-term benefits. Nimble Storage Timeless Storage™ guarantee ensures flexibility during the deployment process to keep your investments safe.

When you choose the right solution, all-flash data centers are more accessible than ever — even for SMBs on tight budgets. The key is to have a partner that can help you through the purchase and deployment processes so you can focus on business performance.

Learn More With American Digital

As a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner, American Digital has the technical expertise to help you achieve an all-flash data center with Nimble Storage from Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

If you’re ready to make the shift, call American Digital today at 847-637-4300.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise specializations include Platinum: Converged Infrastructure, Networking; Gold: Cloud Builder.

The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for Hewlett Packard Enterprise products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. Hewlett Packard Enterprise shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

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