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Keeping up to date with the latest trends in data storage is important no matter your role in IT. One could argue that one of the biggest trends in data storage has been flash. Whether you are a CIO, a sysadmin, or an IT planner you’ve probably felt its impact in your data center.

Here at Reliant, we stay storage-savvy by reading posts from the smartest engineers and analysts in the industry. Here are four great articles that bring a unique perspective on implementing, purchasing, and  integrating flash storage in your environment.

All-Flash Storage: No Longer a Niche Product

Fusionstorm’s article focuses on the transition of flash storage from niche to mainstream. Since being brought to market, a common gripe about flash has been price. This blog highlights cost reductions from $1000 per GB to about $10 per GB for solid state drives and all-flash arrays.

If one thing is clear in this article, it is that flash is here to stay. Whether adding solid state drives to a disk-based storage system or purchasing an all-flash array, both are now more affordable to smaller IT shops and enterprises alike.

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All-Flash Storage: No Longer a Niche Product

Overcoming the All-Flash Array Implementation Challenges

Storage Switzerland is one of our favorite sites to read when it comes to flash storage. In this article, they tackle the not so glamourous side of all-flash array implementation. You’ll learn the challenges that come along with integrating flash in your data center and how to combat them.

With storage vendors like EMC naming 2016 the “Year of Flash”, StorageSwiss takes a more practical approach stating that all-flash may not be worth the implementation trouble, and with good reason. Not all data needs flash. This article states that majority of data in data centers is inactive with the chances of being accessed decreasing over time.

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Overcoming the All-Flash Array Implementation Challenges

 

Flash: Changing the Data Center Game  

Alright, this is a bit of a shameless plug, but this article from our blog gives an in-depth look at ways flash storage can give you more control over your data while allowing your organization to grow and evolve.

You will learn the perks of flash when it comes to VDI deployments  and data security. But with such a disruptive shift in the way data centers operate, flash storage continues to impact how we store and manage data.

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Flash: Changing the Data Center Game

 

How to Measure Flash Storage’s True Value

SearchStorage explains how to measure the true value of flash storage. This article proposes that many vendors and IT professionals gauge value incorrectly. The industry usually uses dollars per GB, or data at rest, and dollars per IOPs to measure value when it comes to flash storage.

Instead, this blog suggests using consolidation, acceleration, and reduction in physical space/power/cooling as a way to find the honest value of flash.

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How to Measure Flash Storage's True Value

Want More?

These are just a few of our favorite articles about flash. If you want help integrating flash storage in your environment reach out to one of our dedicated storage specialists. And for more industry insights, trends, and data storage news, check out our weekly Reliant Reading List.