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Is SSD Technology Affecting the Way We Use the Cloud?

July 15, 2017

Is SSD Technology Affecting the Way We Use the Cloud?

In order to accommodate the performance needs of high-speed computing, solid-state-drive (SSD) technology is increasingly playing a major role in transforming the way that we use the cloud. That spans everything from application delivery/development and visualization to big data, analytics, machine learning, and much more.

The evidence of how SSDs in data centers are revolutionizing the way that cloud computing is being used is all around us. This can be seen in the countless industries that are harnessing big data as a result of the Internet of Things, smart cities, wearable devices, machine learning, and more.

As one of several fundamental process drivers, SSD technology is changing the way the cloud is being utilized in ways that affect every industry from retail and manufacturing to life sciences, transportation, and nearly every other vertical. Here are some of the other ways in which SSDs are changing the way that the cloud is being utilized:

  • Companies have the ability to create a tiered storage system by staging critical application data and files on SSDs for significantly higher I/O bandwidth with lower, more stable data access latencies.
  • All-flash arrays and SSD-packed servers enable new workloads and improve end-user satisfaction with response time and run time. In many cases, SSDs pay for themselves by avoiding new server purchases.
  • A number of Internet giants have filled their data centers with SSDs for power conservation, as well as for performance reasons.
  • SSDs have transformed security in the cloud via video surveillance. Database searches operate much faster, too.
  • In the financial world, SSDs bring much lower access latency to the table and, with transaction costs measured in mega-dollars per second, soon pay for themselves.

The higher performance of PCIe SSD technology makes it particularly suitable for buffering and caching applications, with content delivery high on the list of suitable applications. For the most part, any application will be able to be run within a cloud environment where organizations have been unable to take advantage of cloud benefits due to regulatory or compliance restrictions.

The New PCIe SSDs are designed for cloud data centers to increase capacities, shrink latencies, and increase throughput. As a foundation of high-performance computing, SSD technology along with GPU cloud computing processors have transformed the compute visualization capabilities for engineers, artists, scientists, and gamers.

Machine learning and deep neural networks use algorithms that enable computers to learn from experiences over time. SSDs are playing a crucial role in the high-performance I/O needs of these processes in the cloud for everyone from manufacturers and life sciences to financial services and high-frequency trading.

Just three years ago, Gartner predicted that this year would be the tipping point where cloud-computing adoption will represent the bulk of new IT spending. That prediction was validated by the IDC report cited at the beginning of this article, where the expected percentage of IT spending this year will be nearly 47 percent.

The massive scale of processing that large and small businesses, organizations, and institutions are doing is already affecting every aspect of modern life, and SSD technology is foundational to that trend. SSDs are increasingly transforming cloud computing by fostering an economy based on delivery and consumption of everything from storage to computation to video to finance deduction management. As this trend continues to grow, value-added resellers must be ready to provide the SSD technology solutions to meet the new needs of a world driven by the cloud.