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The Benefits of Flash Storage for Virtualized Environments

The Benefits of Flash Storage for Virtualized Environments

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Did you know that over 77% of all enterprises have adopted a “virtual first” strategy for new server deployment? Virtual infrastructure has become the mainstream deployment model in enterprise IT today. Check out the current virtualization market statistics and find out why flash is essential for virtual computing.

Did you know that over 77% of all enterprises have adopted a “virtual first” strategy for new server deployment? Virtual infrastructure has become the mainstream deployment model in enterprise IT today. Check out the current virtualization market statistics and find out why flash is essential for virtual computing.

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The Benefits of Flash Storage for Virtualized Environments

  1. 1. All IDC research is © 2015 by IDC. All rights reserved. All IDC materials are licensed with IDC's permission and in no way does the use or publication of IDC research indicate IDC's endorsement of Solidfire’s products/or strategies. An IDC Infographic, Sponsored By NetApp SolidFire Virtual infrastructure has become the mainstream deployment model in enterprise IT today. Server consolidation makes it difficult for spinning disks to provide predictable performance. Performance complaints drive admins to spend a lot of time tuning performance. High HDD latencies preclude the use of in-line storage efficiency technologies to help manage data growth. I/O stream is extremely random, slowing spinning disks even more. Throughput requirements of densely consolidated workloads require hundreds to thousands of spinning disks: Hard to manage, high energy and floor space needs Spinning disks are challenged in virtual environments. Flash is essential for virtual computing. Robust growth is forecasted for the All-Flash Array (AFA) market. I/O workloads generated by densely consolidated virtual infrastructure cannot be cost-effectively met with spinning disks, driving a meteoric rise in the AFA market. AFAs grow to a $5B MARKET by 2019 taking over an estimated 67.2% of the primary external storage market. The Benefits of Flash Storage for Virtualized Environments of all enterprises have a “virtual first” strategy for new server deployment. Percentage of all x86workloads to be virtualized by 2019 84.9%OVER 77% of enterprises currently using AFAs want to move more workloads to them over time 100% of enterprises are bullish about the “all-flash data center for primary storage” of enterprises are committed to having an all-flash data center for primary storage 80% 8% of enterprises had greater than 50% of their storage attached to virtual machines. 82% IDC Survey Managing Data Growth • Storage infrastructure scale • In-line data reduction (4:1 to 6:1 on average) • Focus on effective not raw capacity • Hundreds of thousands to millions of IOPS • Consistent performance to meet sub millisecond SLAs Increasing Performance • Data protection with high performance • Rapid data movement for fast recovery • SSDs have higher reliability than HDDs • Bring new VMs up almost instantly • Performant storage efficiency technologies Agility And Lower Cost Availability And Reliability Key storage challenges in virtual environments: Managing data growth Increasing performance Meeting availablity requirements Meeting agility requirements 4.0 3.9 3.9 3.9 On a 5 point scale, enterprises identify their most pressing storage challenges.

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