Jun 16, 2014

The Economics of Flash Storage: Can You Afford It?

The following is a guest post from Stuart Oliver, Sr. Service Provider Manager at SolidFire.

rapid-change-volumesYou want flash storage. In fact, you’ve wanted it for a while now. With your application’s need for high performance IO, you know you it’d be a perfect fit. But when the cost comes to mind, you can’t help shaking your head. “Maybe we’ll have the budget for it next year…”

You’re not alone. When it comes to data storage, flash-based systems have long been considered to be the flashy (no pun intended), expensive option reserved only for the lucky IT organizations with big budgets. There are many applications that could benefit from the performance characteristics of flash but, due to IT resource constraints, will never experience it.

Or so they think.

The expensive problem of Dedicated Flash Appliances

There are many flash storage vendors that target enterprises of all sizes with their flash appliances. Designed for speed (and large budgets), they can be a good fit as a break-fix measure to address highly I/O intensive problem child applications. These systems can range in price from $25,000 to $150,000 depending on storage capacity, available features and IOPS.

Aside from spending so much money on a single, small storage appliance, other common challenges with this solution are:

  • They become obsolete very quickly
  • They require experienced storage admins to manage them
  • They often don’t come natively with any high availability capabilities or API integration

In the end, enterprises buying flash appliances are spending large sums of money for a system that can deliver good performance to that critical application but they can still be at risk due to fast obsolescence, lack of HA, no ability to efficiently scale and limited integration and automation capabilities.

How Codero Elastic Block Storage saves you cash

Codero has recently implemented a highly redundant, all-flash scale-out storage system based on SolidFire’s storage array specifically designed to perform as an Elastic Block Store so applications will get the performance profile of a dedicated flash appliance, but at the price point and with the flexibility of a public cloud storage offering.

What does this mean for enterprises?  It’s pretty simple.  Codero can now provision both performance (IOPS) and capacity (GB) to give you exactly what you need for your application. Need 3000 IOPS and 250GB for your application?  No problem.  Need 1000 IOPS and 2TB for your mail server? Don’t sweat it.  And by the way, the storage systems architecture completely eliminates the “Noisy Neighbor” effect, so your critical applications will never be affected by the performance demands of any other applications running on the system. You’ll experience the same performance on day 365 as you did on day 1.

Block Storage Applications

Codero can also save you money letting you only order the performance and capacity that you need. Nothing more. Nothing less. Why spend $80,000 for the performance of a flash appliance only to use a small capacity when Codero can easily provision you a guaranteed performance volume on their all-flash storage system to meet your exact application performance (IOPS) and capacity (GB) requirements?

So reconsider buying an expensive flash appliance and check out Codero Elastic Block Storage. Your wallet and your applications will thank you.



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