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Why Settle for Tiered Disk Storage?

Why Settle for Tiered Disk Storage?

In theory, tiered disk storage sounds like a good idea. By automatically moving your most active data to faster performing disks, you incur less management cost because optimization is accomplished by software, rather than by people. But for today’s businesses operating in demanding cloud and IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) environments, tiered disk storage means accepting some serious compromises in performance, scalability, and protection. Thanks to our Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner status, we can guide your journey to wiser storage technology investments.

Tier Disadvantages

Once optimized, tiered disk storage systems aren’t easily scalable. If the system isn’t “tuned” just right, it can actually lower performance. Hot data may get inadvertently pushed to a slower tier during periods of heavy use, and only get moved to a faster tier when the heavy use period is over. So, every time business needs change and to expand, tiered storage systems must be painstakingly re-tuned — sometimes over many weeks — in order to optimize the crucial applications attached to it.

Flash Benefits

Flash solid-state devices (SSDs) have obvious advantages over traditional disk storage in speed. For example, the HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, delivers over 3M IOPS with sub-millisecond latencies5, which means instant acceleration for all your business applications. And flash storage combined with a software-defined architecture means seamless scalability that lets you take on the most challenging cloud-based projects and business ventures.

Compaction Matters

In a nutshell, data compaction reduces the amount of capacity needed to store data by minimizing the amount of data actually being written to storage. Highly efficient flash storage with built-in compaction mechanisms like thin provisioning, block-level deduplication, and space reclamation can turn a storage investment into a business asset. Compared to traditional tiered disk systems, flash storage systems can massively reduce data center footprints resulting in proportional drops in management and power consumption.

Safe, Efficient Backups

Flash storage solutions that feature intelligent deduplication functions also make backup processing much more efficient by reducing your backup storage requirements. And when storage is capable of highly scalable, non-duplicated backups, the result is a greater number of data recovery points, which give you more safety and confidence in your data storage.

Hybrid Storage Solutions

Depending on your business needs, the right mix of flash and disk can enable you to have the best of both worlds. By storing frequently used data in flash and putting less needed data on disk, a hybrid array could potentially leverage the per-IOPS cost of flash and per-GB cost of disk, resulting in a reduced overall cost.

Talk to PCM

No matter if you’re upgrading your storage technology incrementally, or fully transitioning your data center to an all-flash environment, PCM has the expertise to help you create exactly the right mix of storage for your business. As a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner and recipient of the 2017 SMB Partner of the Year award, you can be confident we’re the best choice to help you implement the HPE 3PAR StoreServ storage solutions, strengthened by Intel®, featuring the advanced analytics of the Nimble Storage Predictive Cloud Platform.

Call us today at (800) 700-1000 or visit us at www.pcm.com to learn how the HPE 3PAR StoreServ flash solutions, strengthened by Intel®, can deliver the right storage mix for your business.

 

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