Data centers are changing, and a big part of that change boils down to the rise of all-flash storage.
Writing recently at DataCenterFrontier, Bill Kleyman, vice president of strategy and innovation at Conn.-based MTM Technologies, notes that while “traditional data center design used to revolve around the monolithic deployment of resource silos . . . new design specifications must be taken into consideration when working with emerging digital strategies. All-flash solutions are enterprise-ready and must be considered in-line with disk-based solutions when renovating, updating, or designing a new data center.”
Reviewing recent changes in the market, Kleyman points to research from IDC which found that “the total all-flash market generated over $1.4 billion in revenue during the quarter, up 37.6 percent year over year.”
In more specific, company-centric economic terms, Kleyman cites a Forrester study in which “analysts examined the economic impact of removing legacy spinning disk and replacing them with all-flash solutions. Interviewed customers reported significant power and cooling savings when they replaced legacy disk storage with all-flash technologies. For the various organizations, power and cooling savings totaled $74,231 over three years and assume a cost per kWh (kilowatt hour) for power of $0.14 and a cost per kWh for cooling of $0.10.”
While, obviously, results will vary from user to user, as well as provider to provider, for Kleyman the bottom line is that “all-flash are purpose-built arrays that enable a reduction in data center power and cooling. Remember, this not only reduces power and cooling overhead, but in some cases it can reduce or eliminate the need to build new data centers in the first place.
“With all-flash technologies, you’re creating greater levels of density. Plus, new data management techniques mean that you’ll require fewer drives to get the job done.”