Storage in a Flash: Speed, Flexibility and Improved Performance

Government organizations are collecting data at an unprecedented rate; it’s easy to get lost in the endless stream of information and data lakes from all of the government’s stored content. Transitioning to the cloud seems like a natural and inevitable solution to accommodate that data growth, but agencies then have to decide between public or private cloud storage.

Public clouds are often the first choice due to staff and budgeting shortages, but they are less secure and can become easily overwhelmed by massive amounts of data. Even so, since there is no option other than to update their storage capabilities to keep up with rapid data growth, many organizations are turning to flash storage for the speed, flexibility and performance they need.

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Flash storage systems use solid-state flash memory, or drives that contain no moving parts, as opposed to the traditional hard disk drives that use rapidly rotating disks. Without moving parts, memory becomes “nonvolatile,” meaning it doesn’t require power to retain stored data.

There are a number of reasons behind flash storage becoming the first choice for government organizations looking to store their enterprise data, including power and space savings, data safety and improved performance speed.

Power and Space Saving

Again, flash storage does not require constant power to retain data integrity, consuming 80% less power  than its traditional hard drive counterpart. This drastically reduces the amount of power needed to maintain data centers, making it an economical option for government organizations with small budgets. Flash storage also uses less space in data centers and optimizes the storage space that already exists.

Data Safety

The decreased power flowing through the data center minimizes the heat produced by these systems. With less cooling required to keep them functional, agencies subsequently leave a smaller environmental footprint. Additionally, data remains protected from unexpected power outages or system shutoffs. Since flash memory storage doesn’t require power to retain data, such unexpected incidents won’t result in data loss.

Improved Performance

The reduced power requirements have no impact on flash storage speed. Flash storage reads up to 100x faster than conventional storage, reducing millisecond seek times to nanoseconds. Measured in Input/Output Operations per Second, or IOPS, a typical spinning drive at maximum performance offers between 180-200 IOPS, while flash drives deliver 3,000-3,500 IOPS.

Nimble Storage Predictive Flash Storage Platform

The Nimble Storage Predictive Flash Platform is one of the most popular options for federal agencies, providing as it does a unified, integrated fabric of both All Flash and Adaptive Flash to match any organization’s required costs and service levels. With all Nimble Storage Predictive Flash Arrays, agencies need two times less rack storage space, reducing the organization’s TCO and data center footprint while delivering unparalleled speeds of up to 1.2 million IOPS and 8PB+. Nimble All Flash Storage Arrays combine fast flash performance with predictive analytics to deliver data velocity and unrivaled performance.

Adaptive Flash

Due to costs and the challenges of networking and storage, many agencies are unable to deploy an effective storage system. Nimble Adaptive Flash is the industry’s only predictive hybrid flash array. These hybrid systems offer a combination of hard disk drives and the solid-state dives. This combined with Nimble’s CASL Architecture, provides agencies with an unparalleled cost to performance ratio. With Nimble’s Predictive Flash Platform, Agencies are able to run performance workloads on a Nimble All Flash Array at their primary location but can replicate to a lower performance, denser Hybrid Storage Array at their DR location. All of these arrays are managed centrally via InfoSight

As the government’s data needs continue to grow, so will the adoption of storage solutions that provide performance quality at a flexible budget. Because the price of flash memory has decreased in recent years, it’s growing in popularity within government organizations that are struggling to keep up with the data deluge.

With Nimble Storage Predictive Flash Platform, users are given the option to use the All Flash or Adaptive Flash arrays in order to transition and update their storage systems at their own pace and budget.

To learn more about the Nimble Storage Predictive Flash Platform, check out this resource. You can also download this Nimble Storage All Flash Arrays datasheet and this Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash whitepaper to learn more about the features of each platform.

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