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The Truth About Flash Storage

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

Flash Storage Sizzles

You’re on a seemingly endless journey to optimize operations and squeeze every last bit of performance from your data center. You require as many 9’s of reliability as you can get. Flash storage promises application acceleration, amazing throughput, low latency and consistent performance. It all sounds great, but can you afford it?

Balancing Performance And Budget

While many factors go into calculating the total cost of ownership, you may be surprised to learn how affordable the cost of flash storage has become. Like other technologies that mature and become more widely consumed, the upfront cost of flash has gotten to the point where it is comparatively priced to spinning disks. At around $2 per GB, even if all else were equal, flash storage would be attractive.

All else is not equal. All-flash storage solutions win the high-performance battle (delivering hundreds of thousands of IOPS at under 1ms latency); they have more density so they take up less rack space with a significantly smaller footprint (less square footage needed in your data center); they run more efficiently (lower power consumption saves on energy and cooling costs); and are scalable and resilient.

Flash Arrays Are Not All Equal

When it comes to performance, flash arrays vary widely—not just in terms of performance, but in terms of consistency and predictability of performance. While you can add a flash tier to a traditional spinning disk system, you won’t realize the same highly consistent performance levels that you would with an all-flash array. All-flash arrays are exclusively made with flash memory and built on a flash-optimized architecture. This is the difference and what makes the delivery of consistent performance, resiliency, scalability, and data mobility possible.

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All-Flash Storage

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 Storage provides the highest performance among the 3PAR 7000 StoreServ family and guarantees to double your virtual machine density. With hardware assisted thin storage it is the only platform that guarantees a 50% reduction in capacity requirements, thereby reducing the effective cost of flash media substantially. HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 adheres to the four architectural requirements for flash-based arrays:

Performance acceleration – zero bottlenecks with faster I/O and flash-optimized caching

  • Efficiency optimization – extends the life and utilization of flash media
  • System resiliency – provides constant access with low latency and no IOP degradation
  • Data Mobility – allows for seamless movement of old data and applications

And, unlike other purpose-built flash arrays, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 doesn’t require you to introduce an entirely new architecture into your environment to achieve flash-optimized performance.

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Save the Gambling for Vegas- The case for BURA

Posted on: July 24th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

Here’s a tip: Gamble as much as you are willing to lose. That small pearl of wisdom could be just as valuable to you in the context of your data center as it could be at the craps tables in Las Vegas. When it comes to safeguarding your data, traditional data protection and retention may no longer be enough to hedge your bet. Now is a good time to consider your backup, recovery and archive (BURA) options.

Greater dependence on data means backup alone won’t cut it

According to research reported by ESG, about half of organizations (49%) have a 15-minutes or less tolerance level for mission-critical application downtime. Their tolerance for normal business applications (not quite mission-critical) downtime didn’t differ by much1. Furthermore, according to a Gartner survey, the average cost of network downtime cited was $330K/hour. Naturally, you’d expect to see a wide range based on the business environment, but even at a low-end range of $140K/hour, we can agree that downtime is costly2. As service level agreements (SLAs) become even more stringent, expect to see tolerance drop as costs increase.

Enterprise IT managers are faced with a great deal of complexity. Protecting your business-critical applications without impacting performance is challenging. The volume and scale of data, along with its exponential growth, and the proliferation of virtualized environments just add to the complexity. Traditional hierarchical backup approaches can’t deliver the agility, affordability, and protection you demand.

The use of traditional backup software alone as a primary method of data protection has been fading (from 62% in early 2013 to 44% in 2014). At the same time, the use of array-based snapshots and replication – in conjunction with backup software – has increased from 34% to 51% among midsize and large enterprises.3

A better, more comprehensive approach

When you’re looking for a comprehensive, tiered and converged data protection architecture that balances availability and protection, combining snapshots and backup gives you the best of both worlds. The combination yields the near-instant, non-intrusive availability of snapshots with the reliable recovery and cost-effective retention of backups, delivered in an application-aware, storage-integrated data protection solution.

HP’s answer is to bring primary and backup storage closer together with a single data protection architecture that offers flexible options covering a wide spectrum of recovery scenarios. HP StoreOnce is the fastest backup on the market with federated deduplication so you can get back up and running faster when you need to recover. It provides flat backup directly from 3PAR StoreServ, and with HP StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central (RMC) software, your HP 3PAR StoreServ primary storage integrates with HP StoreOnce Backup systems. The result is application-managed data protection that speeds and simplifies data protection for virtualization data on your 3PAR array—while bypassing traditional backup server-based processes.

We can help you build a comprehensive BURA strategy

American Digital, an HP Platinum partner, is well positioned to assess your current backup and recovery strategy and coach you through the best approach to ensuring your sensitive and valuable data is protected. If you’d like to learn more about how American Digital can integrate award-winning HP BURA solutions into your IT environment, give us a call.

Sources

1 Multiple Data Protection Solutions’ Does Not Have to Mean ‘Multiple Vendors’, ESG Research, July 2014

2 The Cost of Downtime, Andrew Lerner, Gartner Blog Network, July 2014

3 Research conducted by TheInfoPro, a service of 451 Research

 

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