Flash storage (and in particular, NAND flash) has taken the IT world by storm and is quickly set to replace the majority of HDDs as the choice for primary storage systems.  We now have every major storage vendor delivering all-flash solutions.  Most recently, EMC finally showed more details on DSSD, a new product in the “ultra-fast” flash category that they term Rack-Scale Flash.   At the same time, other vendors like Tegile are bringing actual rack-scale products to the market like IntelliFlash HD, a high-density flash solution.

At the component level, flash capacities are increasing with the use of 3D-NAND and TLC (Triple Level Cell) technologies.  3D-Xpoint promises to bring bigger and faster solid state storage devices and companies like Diablo Technologies are putting flash on the memory bus.  There’s no doubt flash is here to stay.

Over the last few years, I’ve talked a lot about the technology but none of this is interesting unless we can measure the benefit to the application and therefore ultimately the business.  We implement new technology for two reasons; either to reduce costs while delivering the same level of service, or to provide business/competitive advantage.  In both of these areas, flash is providing significant benefits.  Initially this was in fixing performance problems for applications where the cost of rewrite or using traditional technology was prohibitive in terms of cost versus benefit.  Latterly, the use of flash has moved to include data analytics and the real-time or near real-time processing of information to allow businesses to compete more effectively.

To help understand how businesses can benefit from using flash products, a new industry event called FlashForward has been created, based in London, UK.  The first one-day conference will be held on 14 June 2016 at the Kensington Close Hotel and will focus on how flash is changing the data centre and the way we deploy applications today.  To join me and a range of other great speakers, register today and learn what flash can do for your business.

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