The cloud is a driving force for much of the change we’ll see in storage. The cloud brings new economics of scale and the innovation the cloud to the market place, which is forcing change for IT technology. Flash storage allows for the compression and deduplication of data more efficiently. It is also cheaper to manage and replace; plus, it takes up less space in data centers, and requires less electricity and cooling. Today, it is already cheaper to deliver a certain input/output operations per second (IOP) load on flash than disk.
All Flash Arrays
Hyperscale workloads such as Big Data analytics, content repositories (such as social media sites), and media streaming are just three areas where enterprise data centers need higher performance, faster speeds and lower power consumption. All flash arrays are one method that enterprises and SMBs across industry sectors are turning to with the help of VARs. The SanDisk InfiniFlash all flash array as one example that is gaining data center converts provides 5 times the density, 50 times the performance, and 4 times the reliability all while consuming 80% less power than a standard HDD array.
Business Class Replacement SSDs for HDD in Servers
In the modern data center big data is making it unsustainable to utilize HDDs due to increasing server footprints, reliability issues and other factors. As a consequence, many VARs are helping their SMB and enterprise clients make the move to replacing their HDDs with large capacity SSDs as part of an increasing trend in computer storage units.
Leading manufacturers like Kingston are providing System ArchiTECHS-aligned integrators with large capacity SSDs like the KC310. As an ideal choice for entry-level servers and datacenter hosting companies looking for more storage, the KC310 provides 960GB of storage plus a wealth of performance features.
As an example, the KC30 provides end-to-end data protection through its proprietary Advanced SmartECC™ and Flash error code correction, which enables rebuilds in the event of an error. In addition, firmware-based power loss protection helps maintain data integrity as data is constantly moved to NAND to minimize the amount of time it stays in the cache.
Software Defined Storage
Software-defined storage (SDS) solutions work by creating an intelligent software-based control layer on top of the physical infrastructure. It provides API-based management and orchestration tools to enable you to manage storage resources from a single interface.
SDS makes data centers more flexible in terms of scalability for increased capacity and performance. This is due to the fact that it is not tied to hardwired architectures. In addition, it provides a great deal of investment protection as it allows enterprise to repurpose and consolidate existing server and storage hardware from any supplier while enabling interoperability with newer, purpose-built hardware stacks.
SDS is a solution that impacts the entire data center via compute, networking and more. As a consequence, modern data centers need I/O performance solutions that can maximize the benefit of SDS.
One of many System ArchiTECHS partner solution providers that bring the needed SDS solutions to VARs comes from Solarflare. The application-intelligent networking software technology innovator is providing integrators with Flareon® 10/40GbE PCIe 3.1 server I/O adapters. The Flareon series of I/O adapters delivers some of the highest message rates and lowest latency and jitter over standard Ethernet along with low CPU utilization. The 10/40 GbE server I/O adapter solutions like the Flareon Ultra SFN8542 and Flareon Ultra SFN8542-PLUS bring unprecedented scalability and performance to today’s enterprise data center environments.
Hyper-convergence (HC) is combining SSD arrays, compute, network fabric and virtualization software, as well as management tools, into one tight package. The simplicity of having compute, storage and network tightly coupled in one solution makes for fast, straightforward installation with fast ROI.
HC is adaptable and modular when properly designed these solutions can easily integrate with your current IT environment. They’re modular, so you can scale out easily, simply by adding more units.
The modern data center continues to evolve due to emerging storage solutions like, SSDs, all-flash arrays and software-defined storage, Next generation Fibre Channel products like QLogic’s Gen 6 (32Gb) Fibre Channel Adapters can meet the challenge for integrators and their data center clients for the needed performance, resiliency and operational efficiency. In particular, System ArchiTECHS partner QLogic’s 2700 series of Fibre Channel Adapters are helping VARs to provide their customers with long-term, scalable solutions for their converged and hyper-converged data centers.
3D XPoint Technology: The Future of Data Centers?
Although this falls under the banner of emerging compute storage unit trends, Micron is becoming a pioneer in an emerging storage trend with 3D XPoint Technology, which promises up to 1,000 times lower latency and exponentially greater endurance than NAND. Its high speeds and high capacity data storage will clearly create new possibilities for data centers where big data applications are the name of the game.