Flash Storage

What is Flash Storage? Who is the best Flash Storage Vendor? Champion can help you navigate the Flash Storage realm to a more efficient and agile data center

Milliseconds and even microseconds matter in the modern business world. It’s critical that your organization can act on data and analytics as quickly as possible. If you’re not using Flash Storage in your IT infrastructure, you may not be operating as efficiently as necessary to compete. While you may not have seen any negative effects yet, it’s only a matter of time before your capacity and speed needs grow, and competitors are able to jump on an opportunity more quickly – simply because of a superior IT infrastructure.  Your business units require more information and they want it faster.  We have vast experience in assisting our clients in this Flash Storage journey.

Flash storage is any type of drive, repository or system that uses flash memory to keep data for an extended period of time. Since all Flash Storage technologies are not created equal, many questions arise. Why are some Flash systems more expensive then others? Is your company a candidate for Hybrid Flash or All Flash?  Should you drop your rotating media storage all together?  These are just a few of the questions that Champion can help you answer.

Helpful Flash Storage Resources:

What we do to help our clients with their Flash Storage strategies:

Using our time-tested discovery tools and methodologies, we gain a comprehensive view of both your structured and unstructured data. This includes:

  •    Your most frequently accessed data vs. your least frequently accessed data
  •    Active and inactive volumes
  •    Volumes most impacted by latency
  •    I/O density patterns which can be eliminated by Flash
  •    Read intensive volumes
  •    Volumes with the largest queue depth
  •    Composite Flash candidate scoring
  •    A Flash system candidate heat map

After our discovery, we will have empirical data about your storage and application environment to make sure that we guide you to the smartest Flash Storage decision. We represent most of the major Flash vendors (IBM, NetApp, Pure Storage, and Tintri), and suggest which vendor and platform will deliver the best ROI for your company.

Please visit our Flash Storage Blog to keep up to date on what’s happening in the Flash marketplace.

Champion Solutions Group has over 35 years of expertise in delivering customized information technology solutions across all platforms for mid-size to large organizations. Take our security self assessment test, and contact us today to learn how our proven methodology can help your organization increase productivity, reduce costs, and mitigate risks.

Erick Bacallao joined Champion Solutions Group in 2015 after a career of Software Development in Cuba at the National Cancer Care Institute of Cuba, followed by moving to the States with allAware.


Champion acquired allAware and its properties and Erick has utilized his extensive background and expertise in IT and Software Development to rise to VP of Product Development in less than 5 years. During this time, Erick has been involved with key projects that led to the launch of numerous products including CSP Boss, Inscape platform and 365 Productivity Insights.


Erick has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Havana. He won Gold Medals for Programming from the Ministry of Education in Cuba, and he is certainly still a Gold Medalist for Champion!


As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.


He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.


Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.


Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.


In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.


Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.

Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.