An All-Flash Array, also referred to as a SSA or Solid State Array, is data storage that contains multiple Flash memory drives. All-Flash storage contains no moving parts, which means significantly less heat generated, less power utilized, and less maintenance. From a functional standpoint, All-Flash technology powered by Intel® Xeon® processors provides vastly superior performance; fewer spikes in latency, better disaster recovery, support of real-time analytics, much faster data transfer rates, and the ability to free IT staff to focus on other tasks. All-Flash Arrays provide the foundation for next-generation business applications, and the All-Flash data center.
Flash Storage is storage media designed to electronically secure data. The media is designed to be electronically erased and reprogrammed. Flash represents a transformational shift in computing; by eliminating rotational delay and seek time, Flash provides responses orders of magnitude faster than traditional spinning disk. Flash Storage represents a performance breakthrough for storage operations (IO) and provides the foundation for enabling the next technology wave.
A Hybrid Flash Array is a combination of data storage units that utilize at least two types of storage media, one being Flash storage, the other being one of several possible options. Hybrid Flash arrays are used by businesses that have a need to store both hot and cold data in a single storage platform and want to balance performance and economics. Hybrid Flash arrays allow customers to choose the ratio of performance and capacity that best suits their specific needs to achieve the optimal value for their investment. The ability to add more Flash or capacity as needs dictate is a powerful benefit.
Flash Based Storage is data storage media that delivers tremendous performance increases over traditional spinning hard disk drives. Flash Based Storage provides a dramatically lower cost per operation on a $/IO basis. This can save significant capital costs for most business workloads as well as virtual data center deployments that are practically ubiquitous in modern data centers. Virtualization causes a significant increase in IO density per server, a workload pattern that can often be significantly impacted and measured with increased performance and lower costs, by leveraging Flash Based Storage technologies.
Flash Technology is any storage repository that uses Flash memory. Flash Memory comes in many forms, and you probably use Flash Technology every day. From a single Flash chip on a simple circuit board, to circuit boards in your phone, to a fully integrated “enterprise Flash disk” where multiple chips are used in place of a spinning disk, Flash Technology is everywhere!
Flash SSDs are data storage devices that offer high performance, low latency storage, which provides significant performance, power consumption and cooling benefits over traditional spinning media. The I/O capability of Flash SSDs is 10x faster than spinning drives. Customers use Flash SSDs for the best application response time to run virtual servers and virtual desktops and to unleash the power of analytics for real-time decision making for the business.
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