Another consideration is the ability to automate storage tiering. Incorporating SSDs can improve performance, but without the ability to dynamically move data to lower storage tiers, unused data remains static on the high-performance drives. This quickly negates the anticipated benefits. Because industry research shows that 70 percent to 80 percent of all data is inactive at any given time, automated tiering helps keep business data online, while removing the need for administrative intervention or data classification software, saving time and money.
By combining thin provisioning with automated tiered storage, users can maximize utilization of SSDs for business-critical applications.
Getting value from SSD
SSD efficacy is based on the ability to increase I/O and utilization, so while the cost per GB may be higher than HDDs, the cost per I/O is far less with flash storage. This reduction is exemplified when looking at usage examples. Some SSD suppliers suggest one SSD can deliver the performance of 30 Fibre Channel drives.
While every datacenter may not need to process tens of thousands of IOPS daily, implementing SSD technology helps future-proof your environment and position your company to seamlessly handle growth.
Furthermore, the value of SSDs can be measured at the desktop where the benefits of performance and access are experienced first-hand by users. Providing lower latency can improve the experience of running database queries and processing sales reports, meaning the value of SSD technology can be measured both operationally and in business terms.
Fine is director of product marketing at Compellent.