By now, you probably know the big benefits of flash storage and solid state drives—faster, more reliable performance and quicker access to important data. But maybe your organization thinks it doesn’t really need that extra performance. Things are probably rolling along just fine in your old server closet. Day to day operations are completed on time, and your equipment still functions properly. Unfortunately, that might not be enough.
Spinning disk, or hard disk drives, have very near reached the pinnacle of performance, lagging far behind the pace of Moore’s law. While HDDs still have their place in the data center, flash storage
is the new standard for performance—and as time goes on—capacity. This shift in data center storage media type isn’t a fad, or a flash in the pan, but rather a natural (and overdue) progression of storage technology. In years past, flash media has been prohibitively expensive, but that’s no longer the case. The proliferation of flash storage based consumer devices, together with rapid and substantial investment from manufacturers, has pretty much eliminated the cost discrepancy between flash and spinning disk.