It is no secret that mobile and the Internet of Things is drastically changing how companies are having to run their businesses and to deliver new products and services or to simply improve their Customer Experience. Some people call this the “Amazon Effect”.
Flash Storage is one of the key technologies to modernize the infrastructure and is often the catalyst for driving out cost by increasing efficiencies so that companies can invest more in new types of applications to drive new experiences.
Below are examples of key business outcomes that can be enabled with flash storage:
- A banking customer was able to increase application performance by a factor of five which resulted in a 50% reduction in the management time required.
- A golf company running SAP for their Production and Landscapes was able to reduce their database ETL (Extract, Transact, Load) times by 75%. This shorted long running SAP batch jobs from 3 days to 1 day because the flash storage was fast enough to run seven times more production snapshots.
Another way that flash storage is contributing to successful IT transformation is as an enabler of new types of infrastructures that will continue to support the critical applications that run the business today, as well as the new applications and new workloads that will drive the business of tomorrow. This is where “converged” and “hyper-converged” architectures come into play.
A great example of convergence is the iPhone, where multiple technologies (cameras, GPS, wireless, phone, touch sensitive, gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor, radio, fingerprint sensor, barometer, batteries, ambient light sensor, and text input) are all converged and built into the same device. A $700 device that has more power and more capability than multi-million dollar supercomputers only ten to fifteen years earlier.