A Flash Storage Technical and Economic Primer

Flash media use will continue to grow in the data center

Published January 2019

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With all the options present in the storage market today, it can be overwhelming to know which is the right choice. One thing is for certain: flash storage is an economical storage medium for certain workloads. When the cost for required performance on spinning disk outweighs the cost of the capacity on flash, flash is the right choice. And the break-even point is lowered proportional to the effectiveness of the data reduction methods used prior to access.

Data reduction techniques in combination with flash storage can also serve to dramatically increase the overall performance of the array by allowing more read IOs to be served from cache and less write IOs to be written.

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