Hyperconverged systems team up with flash to boost performance and scalability

The need for durable, high performance flash-based solutions is on the rise, and hyperconverged systems that incorporate flash technology are being designed to meet ever-growing and changing business needs.

Jeff Rowe | Dec 20, 2017 12:00 am

Businesses, including healthcare organizations, increasingly need IT to ensure high performance across an expanding array of applications, as well as easy access to growing stockpiles of data.

And that’s one big reason why flash storage is increasingly in demand.

That’s according to Jesse St. Laurent, Chief Technologist at Hewlett Packard, who, in a piece at InfoWorld, points to a 2016 IDC report which noted that the flash-based storage market has been consistently on the rise, in recent years, with vendors actively building up their integrated, hybrid, and all-flash system portfolios.

“One foreseeable outcome of this portfolio growth,” St. Laurent says, “is a coupling of highly efficient technologies in order to achieve the highest possible levels of efficiency. As a result, it’s not surprising to discover some hyperconverged platforms are being integrated with flash storage. Hyperconverged infrastructure and flash storage have been developed side by side for years to accomplish the same goals without intersecting. Now industry experts expect that the combination of these technologies in one platform will soon become a preferred approach for on-premises IT.”

As St. Laurent sees the flash landscape, “the most sophisticated infrastructures are designed to improve performance, scalability, and data availability while reducing input/output operations (IOPS) that once made traditional storage challenging. In these instances, hyperconverged infrastructure and flash storage enhance each other’s capabilities, making them well suited for a combined solution.”

He argues that hyperconverged systems can take flash technology to the next level by simplifying management and increasing durability. Moreover, with “built-in data protection (and) low maintenance interfaces,” all-flash platforms have “evolved . . .  from wish-list features to requirements in today’s fast-paced business environments.”

As data storage space becomes more important every year across the healthcare sector, capacity alone is no longer enough, St. Laurent argues. IT teams often face high latency issues and drive failures with traditional storage solutions, and hyperconverged systems that incorporate flash technology are being designed to address those and other storage challenges.