In Business, timing is everything, especially for Business-critical applications. A variety of applications fall under the rubric of “business critical.”
They include: business intelligence (BI), online transaction processing (OLTP), online analytical processing (OLAP), virtual desktop infrastructures, high-performance computing and content delivery solutions.
All of these critical applications have one thing in common: the need for rapid response times to ensure delivery of content that is vital to management, employees, customers and other key business partners
Delays in delivering critical data can mean the difference between a healthy, growing company and one that is struggling to keep pace with its competitors.
Delays can cause :
– Poor decision making and subpar results because of the inability to gain times insight into a business
– Decrease in the ability to predict accurate outcomes
– Customer dissatisfaction because you are unable to deliver the information your customer wants when they want it
– Unmanageable volumes
– Frustrated users and missed opportunities
In the past the solution to addressing latency issues would typically be to add or upgrade processing and memory power. In many cases it is storage side performance not processor speed or insufficient memory, which is the main cause of the application performance issues.
When the CPU has to wait on info from storage, time and resources are wasted, and since here has been such growth in terms of raw CPU processing power, those waits have become longer and longer.
The processing powers of today’s CPUs far outstrip the speed in which the HDDs can deliver data to them . This HUGE performance gap is mostly seen by database servers, which are typically very high in I/O transaction, and to add to the problem, money is being wasted on super-fast processors and massive amounts of bandwidth in attempts to speed up the delivery of data.
What about adding more disks? By increasing the number of disks, the I/O from a database can be spread across more physical devices, but unfortunately this approach has show to have a trivial impact on decreasing the HDD bottleneck.
There are many other ways to attempt to fix the delays in performance, but only one can completely solve it.
IBM Flash Systems
Flash storage systems are solid state devices designed to solve the problem of I/O wait time by offering orders-of-magnitude-faster access times and lower-latency I/O transactions per second than a hard disk drive. These storage systems can either complement or replace traditional hard disk arrays in many business-critical applications, including ERP systems, transactional databases and analytical applications such as BI. And because of new technology and improved economics, it is now possible to build storage systems based entirely on flash memory.
So what’s the difference between HDD SSD and Flash?
HDD: hard disk drive, moving parts
SSD: solid state disk, no moving parts BUT SSD’s use traditional infrastructure connections and controllers that were designed for hard disk drives and their high latency and low throughput limitations.
Flash : no moving parts, a hardware-only data path, more traditional types of SSD storage often require software processing.
IBM Flash systems are designed from the chip up, using fast FPGA controller technology to minimize latency and maximize bandwidth. (FPGA or Field-programmable gate array , technology provides the reliability of dedicated hardware circuitry, true parallel execution, and lightning-fast closed-loop control performance.
So what does it all mean? How does Flash perform when compared to HDD’s
The latest flash storage systems minimize I/O wait time by delivering access times that are 250 times faster than HDDs (0.2 milliseconds versus 5). And because of the faster access times, flash storage systems can deliver 1,333 times more IOPS than a hard disk drive (more than 400,000 IOPS versus 300). These improvements can result in a dramatic decrease in storage-driven latency.
FlashSystem storage systems deliver over 500,000 read IOPS with less than 100 microseconds of latency and can provide up to 24 TB of usable data storage in just 1U of rack space. They also offer enterprise-level availability and reliability with no single point of failure, multiple layers of data correction, chip redundancy or redundant hot swap components.
IBM FlashSystem products are designed to deliver the lowest latency and highest IOPS in the market today, all within a very economical price point.
In Addition to all their technical advantages, they also have numerous economic benefits when compared to HDD:
All-flash solutions also use far less energy than comparable HDD systems, reducing energy costs by as much as 75%.
– Software licensing costs are 50% lower with IBM FlashSystem compared to HDD
– IBM FlashSystem reduces floor space significantly and generates energy savings of as much as 75% as compared to HDD
– Operational support costs with flash are 35% lower than with HDD
– Total storage solution cost for an all-flash system is 31% less than it is for an all-HDD solution
So In Summary, what are the top reasons to implement an IBM FlashSystem
- IBM FlashSystem products deliver over 500,000 read IOPS with less than 100 microseconds of latency
- Lower power consumption: 115 times more energy efficient than HDD
- Lower infrastructure costs: 1U of rack space can provide up to 24TB of usable data storage : 19x times more cost efficient than HDD
- Improve performance and efficiency without re-architecting applications or storage infrastructure
- Save money by supplementing your existing infrastructure
- No Single Point of Failure
- Decrease overall response time = Increase accurate Business Insights and Customer Satisfaction
- Increase efficiency and use across the IT stack
- Improve storage performance
- Eliminate storage bottlenecks with IBM MicroLatency
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