If you’re planning to work with big data in a small space, Flash storage is made for you. With its mix of ultra-high performance, small form factor, and low energy consumption, Flash is the solution for high-velocity data requirements.
All types of organizations are turning to flash storage for its ability to deliver fast, reliable and consistent access to critical data. Now, with IBM FlashSystem® 900, they can make faster decisions based on realtime insights and unleash the power of the most demanding applications, including online transaction processing and analytics databases, virtual desktop infrastructures, technical computing applications, and cloud environments. Plus, FlashSystem 900 can lower operating costs and increase the efficiency of IT infrastructure by using much less power and space than traditional hard disk drive (HDD) and solid-state disk (SSD) solutions.
ESG was engaged by IBM to develop a detailed economic value model and analysis for its all-flash, enterprisegrade FlashSystem solution compared to traditional tier- 1 performance disk arrays, which is the mode of storage this model of the FlashSystem line is intended to compete against; the model and accompanying analysis is intended to help organizations determine the relative costs and benefits of leveraging IBM FlashSystem for a variety of enterprise workloads compared to a likely traditional storage alternative. The economic value model builds upon in-depth interviews with IBM technical stakeholders, relevant product demos, additional ESG market research related to typical enterprise storage system requirements, and ESG’s general familiarity with the myriad of storage solutions available in the market today. The goal of the Economic Value Validation (EVV) analysis is to provide potential customers with a comprehensive picture of the direct and indirect costs and benefits that they should consider when evaluating an investment to meet their storage needs
Today, IT infrastructure is fully entwined with basic business operations, which means that crucial business questions become information technology questions. What is it worth to stay ahead of the competition? What is a better online customer experience worth to the bottom line? What advantages are gained by making faster, more informed business decisions? Can we afford not to have the best possible fraud protection and data security? When you answer these business-critical questions in terms of IT infrastructure, and recognize the crucial role storage plays in the right answers, then the value of IBM FlashSystem® skyrockets.
Hard data is readily available that demonstrates the benefits of application server virtualization when using solutions such as the new VMware vCloud Suite. One source is especially revealing. IBM Flash Centers of Competency (CoC) offer a presales service called data pattern analysis that digs deep into customer server, network and storage performance metrics. Actual customer results from this service prove that virtualized environments utilize their underlying infrastructure resources much more efficiently, which explains why host-side virtualization has swept through data centers so rapidly. But numerous real-world data pattern analyses also show how VMware environments can place extreme demands on their supporting storage systems. For example, the percentage of active data dramatically increases. And instead of simple, predictable, often sequential data streams, vCloud environments produce much less predictable, much more random I/O patterns. Simply stated, these can be disk killers.
CTOs, CIOs, and system managers have a wide choice of server and storage technologies. This breadth of servers and types of storage can lead to decision paralysis, where staying with existing technologies can seem to be the safest course of action. This whitepaper will review the new IBM® Power Systems™ server with IBM POWER8™ technology in combination with IBM FlashSystem™, an all- flash storage array that delivers outstanding performance, reliability, and flexibility. In addition, performance testing is reviewed using a brokerage workload to demonstrate the capabilities of the IBM POWER8 and FlashSystem combination.