After taking a look at 2018 predictions for big data and cloud, GovDataDownload is now focusing on flash and what it means for data management and performance today and in the future. In this post, we find articles that predict that an all-flash data center is closer than we may think.

Who needs that much data that fast? Everyone, apparently.

When flash technology first came on the scene, “Who needs half a million IOPS?” was not an uncommon question among storage buyers, but it turned out that the answer was “more applications and more organizations than you might think”.

Technological factors and one fundamental economic change drove flash uptake, according to an article in The Register. These include the fact that the price gap closed more rapidly than predicted; demand for greater performance started to rise sharply; and reliability, operating efficiency and manageability and available capacity issues were addressed.

As a matter of fact, in just a few short years, the number of applications requiring flash array features and function has escalated beyond all estimates, and the expansion of flash is changing our storage culture. As the article pointed out, zettabytes of data are being stored every year and with annual storage capacity growth expected to continue or even increase the amount of flash technology being deployed by 2021 could have doubled and doubled again.

Read the article here.

NVMe and Flash Combined Will Create the Winners in the Digital Economy

In a recent ESG report, Scott Sinclair, shared his predictions about technology trends that he expects will shape the “storage infrastructure narrative as IT organizations attempt to drive for greater efficiency in meeting digital business demands.” He suggests that with flash “everywhere,” IT will turn to Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe), which is designed to take advantage of the unique properties of pipeline-rich, random access, memory-based storage.

Sinclair points out, it has been “easy” to predict the increased adoption of flash over the past few years. This will continue, but, like the Register notes, many IT organizations will come to expect the all-flash data center to be a current, or at least near-term, reality.

To get there, IT leaders will begin to optimize the rest of the IT infrastructure for flash, specifically with the integration of NVMe technology. In 2018, ensuring the storage network can deliver the necessary NVMe support (such as with NVMe of Fabrics) will become a priority. He goes on to say, “When we look back on 2018 a year from now, multiple technologies, such as flash, NVMe, and cloud, will have helped improve IT capability and efficiency. It will be the rise of automation, however, that will transform the business landscape and play a key role in separating the winners and the losers in the digital economy.”

Read the entire article here.

Flash saves Chico State IT Staff Time, Makes for Happier Staff & Students

When California State University, Chico, realized it needed to migrate physical servers to virtual machines, it turned to an all-flash system and created “a significant increase in operational efficiency, which resulted in happier students and employees, as well as a greener campus,” according to Ray Quinto, Associate Director of Computing and Communications Services, California State University, Chico (CCSV).

The new storage would have to integrate into its existing data center network and support Oracle Real Application Clustering environments, and NetApp provided the solution. Virtualization and storage needs continue to drive much of the IT department’s work.

For example, re-configuring the CCSV identity management system alone called for 16 servers for test, development, and production. With all-flash, CCSV can shorten the time to provision servers a handful at a time, from weeks to a few days.

Read the customer story here.