When it comes to buying data center storage, performance is a very important metric. However, from an industry perspective, performance is now on par when comparing most major all-flash storage vendors because the storage is all derived from the same NAND flash. It’s how you implement storage that matters most.
Top Three Criteria
to Select All-Flash Storage
- Footprint of storage arrays
- Effective capacity
Beyond performance, what else matters?
If performance is similar among all-flash storage products, what other selection criteria matter? When it comes to storage, size matters — and the denser, the better.
Evaluators review the total footprint required of prospective storage arrays, as well as their effective capacities in an effort to achieve the lowest total cost of ownership — and rightfully so. By using total cost of ownership (TCO) as a metric to evaluate storage technologies, you can elevate the conversation from just the price of the array to the entire business value that it provides. Using TCO as a metric also allows you to quantify the overall savings up the stack to the CxO.
What really sets Tegile apart is its high-density advantage in a minimal footprint. Look at the data center as a whole from the perspective of rack units. This measurement is critical because this is how most customers justify their overall IT spend.
“When building a private cloud, customers look for the highest effective capacity in the smallest footprint.”
In a private cloud deployment, customers calculate the “all in” cost, which includes compute, network and storage. When building a private cloud, customers look for the highest effective capacity in the smallest footprint. They’re also looking for infrastructure that allows them to increase performance and capacity to meet real-time bursts in a private cloud.
How do leading flash storage providers compare?
The below example compares leading flash storage providers. When comparing density, along with rackspace, IntelliFlash HD shines brighter than the competition from the perspective of density per rack unit. IntelliFlash HD only requires a total of 5RU to achieve roughly 2PB of effective capacity at a 5:1 data reduction.
See how much effective capacity you get per rack unit in the below comparison of flash storage vendors.
When it comes to buying data center storage, performance matters — but so does size of rack space. The more rack space required, the larger the footprint and the more money it costs for power, space and cooling.
If you are considering flash storage for your data center and are interested in how the major vendors stack up, contact us and we’ll walk you through a quick TCO analysis that you can use to help quantify your own savings.