In today’s world, it isn’t just researchers and scientists using high performance computing who need greater and more efficient data storage solutions. In fact, according to HPC Wire approximately one third of all storage systems reached 1 petabyte of capacity or greater in 2015 and more than half of installed storage systems will exceed 1 petabyte by 2020. To keep up with this increasing demand, more public sector organizations are looking to leverage innovations in flash storage solutions.

In this Roundup, we highlight articles about how flash storage supports the need for greater storage while providing greater security and scalability.

Storage and Security Top Priorities as High-Performance Computing Continues Rapid Growth

At Super Computing 2015 (SC15), NetApp attendees found that public sector organizations are realizing that data has weight and moving to move it around has become prohibitive. Today’s storage systems are highly complex and customers need geographically distributed databases to allow for collaboration. This can create challenges, particularly if there are silos of information, so organizations need to create unstructured data storage environments, including flash solutions, that provide end users with 24/7 access from any location and device while ensuring the integrity and security of the data. Read more here.

Interview with NetApp Public Sector CTO Bob Burwell on Flash Trends

Flash/solid-state solutions were highly sought after in State and Local Government and Education (SLED) in 2015, according to Bob Burwell, Chief Technology Officer for NetApp U.S. Public Sector SLED. The desire for flash is the push for higher performance with fewer drives, and the resulting increase in flash adoption has actually changed the way SLED environments are being designed. SLED IT departments are juggling budget constraints with a dynamic workforce and managing new technologies. Solid-state and flash are helping SLED IT leaders address these concurrent but sometimes competing priorities. Read all that Burwell shared here.

Flash Storage Increases IT Capabilities for Government Agencies without Busting Budgets

Flash storage array solutions are proven to offer the consistent performance needed to increase efficiencies while maintaining a lower total cost of ownership for government agencies. The innovations in flash data storage and memory are helping government agency IT leaders to alleviate some of the conflicting pressures on their teams. Hale shared how flash storage can help agencies meet both constituent demands for greater connectivity, lower latency, and greater data storage capability amid mandated budget cuts, strict data privacy regulations, and requirements for cloud offerings and shared services. Read more here.

Faster Flash Performance Enables Efficiency and Learning at Western Oregon University

The modern university has migrated from the library stacks to the server racks, but doing so takes up a great deal of bandwidth and storage, often creating a virtual bottleneck. To avoid this bottleneck, Western Oregon University (WOU) created a flash array to support high-input/output applications and databases. The effects were immediately visible: performance, availability and reliability increased, download times were swifter and availability was greater. Downtime became a thing of the past and even backup time became more efficient. The true benefit is a “richer learning experience” for WOU. Learn more here.