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Why All-Flash Array Is Becoming the Standard for Data Analytics

In the current global marketplace, it’s not enough to only concern yourself with what your local competitors are doing. Today, you have to be keenly aware of what other businesses located throughout the world are doing to attract customers. You also have to be on the constant lookout for ways to improve your own processes.

Data analytics can help you do those things and much more. Data analytics can help you make your operation more efficient. It can help you satisfy the needs and wants of your existing clients and prospects better and faster, too. Data analytics can also enable you to make your business stand out from its competitors and recognize opportunities for growth as well.

Even though data analytics has the potential to help you take your organization to the next level of success and beyond, Forrester estimates that only 12 percent of available data is actually analyzed. While that figure might be shocking, it’s understandable. With a lot of companies struggling just to collect, store and organize their digital assets, many businesses simply don’t have the resources to tackle data analytics no matter how much it might benefit them. In addition, many organizations don’t know how to perform data analytics.

Reasons All-Flash Storage Is Becoming the Norm

One of the resources companies often lack when it comes to being able to conduct data analytics is performance. While RAM is the conventional standard to process data at high speeds, it’s having difficulty keeping up with the increased generation of digital assets and the more complex data sets that are generated today. In addition, any IT setup can only accommodate so much RAM for data processing.

While HDDs may seem like a viable alternative, they’re not ideal for real-time analytics. That’s because an HDD’s ability to move the things necessary for real-time analytics on the disk is too slow.

Because RAM and HDDs have shortfalls when it comes to data analytics, flash storage is becoming a popular alternative. Flash array has significantly better performance capabilities and makes critical data available immediately. As an added bonus, flash storage array consumes less power. All-flash array has compression abilities and it can prevent duplicate data from being stored unnecessarily. These capabilities essentially increase the platform’s overall storage capacity.

In 2016, 451 Research’s “Voice of the Enterprise Survey” revealed that 27 percent of surveyed businesses were already using all-flash array technology and another 28 percent of organizations planned to adopt all-flash array technology within the upcoming two years. With the increased demand for flash storage, the technology has become an affordable option for various applications, which include data analytics.

Contact SANDirect

If you’re interested in all-flash storage for your business, we invite you to contact SANDirect. We work with an assortment of global partners to provide affordable, cutting-edge storage solutions for businesses in a wide variety of industries. We’ll discuss your data storage and analytics needs with you and put together a quote for the flash storage solution that will work best at your location. Contact SANDirect today.

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