The Future of All-Flash Data Centers

Chris Pyle Interviews NetApp’s Worldwide Business Development Rep Ray White


White unpacks NetApp’s newest storage solutions and the future of all-flash data centers

Recently, Champion Solutions Group’s President & CEO Chris Pyle sat down with Ray White, the Worldwide Business Development Representative for NetApp’s data center business. They discussed some of the latest offerings in the all-flash storage world during this informative sit down, including the following key takeaways:

An all-flash data centers is now

According to White, “the all-flash data center is a concept that is now.” With so many different components in today’s data center environment, it’s now much more affordable to look at non-spinning media options for most applications. The economics of an all-flash data center are starting to make sense for a broad range of businesses and data needs.

“We worked with some customers recently who yielded a 2:1 data reduction in their current workset,” said White. “And that is actually a lay-up.” His comments reflect the development that today’s all-flash technology, featuring a variety of data reduction technologies, is finally allowing companies of all sizes to benefit from solid media storage solutions.

According to White’s figures, a 2:1 data reduction is just the tip of the iceberg. He also mentioned a NetApp survey that polled 700,000 worldwide systems that were using NetApp storage solutions and revealed that “on average, total effective capacity was about 6.4:1.”

Drive types and storage densities increasing

White was also extremely excited about new drive types and storage densities that are being released by NetApp over the next few months. In June, the company “will be releasing a 16TB 3D NAND SSD drive, as well as a disk shelf that can house 60 drives in a 4U capacity.”

At 60 drives in one enclosure, you’re looking at almost a petabyte of data in a 4U rack. Just a few years ago, this would have taken up a massive amount of space in any data center. And in 2017, NetApp plans to release a 32TB 3D NAND SSD drive that will also fit into a disk shelf that can house 60 drives in a 4U rack.

How are backup requirements going to affect the switch to all-flash?

While businesses have long been migrating tier-0 and tier-1 business data to flash, backup data has largely been one area that still relies largely on spinning disk technology. White thinks that this is likely to change as well. He predicts that flash would continue to grow in the backup space because of “reduced backend bandwidth, super-fast response times, and increased density.”

All-flash beginning to make ‘cents’ across the board

Flash technology, which was once thought to be unscalable and too expensive, is now cost effective and incredibly reliable, while being even faster than before. With increased speed, performance, and reliability all at a competitive price, there’s little doubt that all-flash solutions make sense in a wide array of applications, especially in today’s ever-evolving data centers and on-demand business environments.

For more predictions on the future of enterprise-grade flash and NetApp’s soon-to-be-released solutions, watch the entire interview:

And if you’re interested in learning more about the various flash storage options that are available to meet your organization’s needs, reach out to Champion Solutions Group by phone at 800-771-7000, fill out our online contact form, or email us at [email protected].


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