It’s not a big secret that the nature of data management, and the technology used for it, is changing pretty drastically. Gone are the days when servers relied on hard disk technology to store and deliver data to companies all over the world. The truth is that as storage technology becomes more inexpensive, there’s no reason for companies to use spinning disk storage devices to power their infrastructure. In fact, hard disk technology is becoming something that IT departments tolerate. The future of infrastructural data management will rely on solid state devices that are faster, more efficient and just as cost effective – if not more so – as hard disk storage.
The Rise of Solid State Storage as an Infrastructural Power House
Even in recent years, the idea of a company outfitting their storage array with flash-based devices was pretty much a pipe dream. The sheer cost of storage, let alone implementing the technology into their datacenter, was reserved for multi-billion dollar companies that had massive amounts of resources to manage data on that level. However, over the past few years, companies all over the globe have developed ways of designing flash storage to make these devices affordable for mid to large-sized businesses all the way through the enterprise.
Benefits of Solid State Storage
· Speed/Performance – With SSD technology, boots and writes are completed in a matter of milliseconds. Server-side applications are executed with precision, and are more effective in general than on the old hard disk storage devices. Performance wise, solid-state storage is more reliable. With solid state storage, you’re not trusting your infrastructural integrity to hard disks with mechanical parts that often fail.
· Cost Effectiveness – According to a recent article by PC Mag, solid state storage is now the most cost effective option for the enterprise. The report referenced in the article stated that SSDs – over their 3-5 year lifespan – will yield a $30,000 ROI because of their high performance and the efficiency provided to the enterprise infrastructure. As the overall cost of purchasing SSDs sharply declines, the ROI on such devices is expected to increase similarly.
· Energy Efficiency – Ever since the green datacenter movement hit just a few years ago, companies have been looking for ways to scale back on power consumption on the datacenter level. This is because datacenters consume a massive amount of the world’s electricity. Solid state storage actually consumes far less energy than its hard disk counterpart.
The problem is that there will be companies that continue to use archaic technology, while expecting the advanced results afforded by solid state storage technology. If the enterprise wants to stay competitive in a world consumed with big data, they’ll need to ditch the spinning disks altogether. In the world of data management, there’s no room for technological sentimentality.
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