The decline of the mainframe and the rise of distributed systems has largely been seen as the biggest transition within the history of enterprise infrastructure.  However; this transformation pales in comparison to the events ongoing even now within enterprise infrastructures around the world.  The enterprise storage environment is undergoing the largest paradigm shift in the history of not only data storage but also all of IT as a whole. No transition in the history of computer systems has ever had the transformative impact on business as the arrival of All Flash arrays in the marketplace.

Sixty years ago, IBM released the 305 RAMAC as the first commercial hard drive, with a whopping capacity of 3.75MB, technology has come along way since then but the challenges associated with traditional spinning media are still present today. Issues plaguing spinning disks such as: Access times, rotational latency, scalability, redundancy and RAID rebuild times are critical factors that must be addressed with any storage solution. In order to address the slowness of spinning media and issues associated with spinning disk failure, large complex monolithic storage arrays were needed. These arrays were expensive, complex to administer, difficult to expand and generally not that much faster than their component disks.

All Flash Arrays change everything, since there are no moving parts and their speed is orders of magnitude faster than even the fastest spinning disk; design constraints put into place because of speed, rebuild times or reliability are no longer applicable. This paradigm shift allows for storage arrays that are simple to use, are vastly more reliable, contain a rich feature set and are fast. The only issue with all flash arrays has been capacity and scalability, mostly a result of the relatively smaller size of flash drives; however this has changed as the largest shipping flash drive is 4TB and late last year Samsung unveiled a 16TB model expected to ship this year.

  • Ease of Use – Simple to Provision \ Simple to Manage
  • Massive Scalability – 8 Controllers /w 11PB useable capacity
  • Rich Data Services – Deduplication, Thin Provisioning and Compression
  • Application Prioritization – Key Applications get priority (QoS for storage)

Integris works with customers of all sizes in various industries, let us perform a stage assessment and let us demonstrate the value of an all flash data center to you.