4 Ways $50K Of Flash Can Boost Performance
You want to use solid state storage to boost your network's performance. Here's advice on adding SSDs without breaking the company.
Almost every IT professional I talk to wants to use solid state drives (SSDs) in some way to solve performance problems. The most common culprit is the random I/O caused by server or desktop virtualization. At the same time, this same group has to stick to a budget, so they are looking for the most cost-effective way to deploy SSDs.
Budget constraints typically rule out replacing existing storage with a flash-enabled storage system or an all-flash array -- but not always. Next time we'll look at how an ROI can be developed to justify that investment. In the meantime, let's say you have $50,000 to augment your existing storage with SSD. Here are four possible money-saving implementations that we'll also discuss in my upcoming webinar "SSD on a Budget?"
1. SSD Appliances.
A solid-state appliance typically is an all-flash shared storage device that has limited data services. Instead it's usually focused on delivering performance. This lowers costs, but at the expense of a feature-rich array and the increased complexity of managing another silo of storage.
Virtualized environments such as VMware help resolve these shortcomings. As I wrote in "Preparing Storage For Increased VM Density," with the right tools you can easily identify sluggish VMs and migrate them to a high-performance SSD. Hypervisors like VMware can also provide much of the data services -- thin provisioning, snapshots and replication -- that these appliances lack.... Read full story on InformationWeek
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