Storage supports compute. With ever-increasing CPU and network performance, storage must keep up with the performance gains within the high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure to avoid becoming the bottleneck on overall system performance. Enhancing memory/storage is vital to improving data access and usage and flash storage, typically using solid state drives (SSDs) comprised of “flash” memory chips, has been key to accelerating input/output operations. Flash memory provides a performance tier between dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and conventional hard disk drives (HDDs).
Harness superior storage capabilities
Flash-based SSDS have rapidly grown in popularity, performance, and capacity since their initial development in the late 1970s. Gartner and Stifel Estimates reported that the value of flash-based SSDs would exceed the value of enterprise HDDs for the first time in 2017. Between 2012 and 2017, HDD revenues increased by a CAGR of 4.4%. Simultaneously, SSD revenues increased by a CAGR of over 30%, surpassing the HDD market by one-half million dollars—and counting.
Flash-based devices offer several key benefits:
- Faster Speeds: Organizations who utilize SSDs can perform up to 100X faster than those utilizing HDDs. This translates to faster boot times, rapid file transfers, and greater bandwidth for enterprise workloads.
- Lower TCO: Flash storage provides significantly lower cost for bandwidth. And because SSDs have a longer lifespan than HDDs, organizations can achieve long-term cost savings.
- Better Power Efficiency: SSDs consume less power than HDDs, delivering additional cost savings as well as decreased heat loss during operations.
Organizations are increasingly adopting flash-based SSDs to drive cost savings, enhance data resilience, and accelerate performance both on-premises and in the cloud. As these solutions continue to evolve, organizations will be positioned for seamless scalability and ongoing innovation.
Leverage next-generation solutions
The rising availability of flash-based SSDs has dramatically increased the value of flash capabilities. And with a collaborative ecosystem of developers, the number of flash-based solutions continues to grow. Innovations include the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) interface standard to fully leverage the performance characteristics of flash storage technologies. Instead of using HDD-based interfaces, the extension of the NVMe standard further increases storage performance over networks, enabling next-generation flash memory technology with Intel Optane™ Memory to deliver DRAM-like performance with the agility and reliability of flash. Additionally, software-defined storage designed for flash storage is available from WekaIO, with a flash-optimized parallel file system which offers extremely high performance with low latency.
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