Myths debunked about Flash Storage for Virtualization

Flash storage has become the magic potion to store and archive growing volumes of data in the IT industry. Vouching for ultra-low latency and operational efficiency, the flash server has been a cost-effective solution for the storage I/O blender formed by the virtual server and virtual desktop environment.  

Being the reigning monarch in the data storage industry, flash storage fires up business decisions by meeting mission-critical data reliability. But still, when it comes to working in modern virtualized environments, many organizations hesitate to deploy it. This hesitation is mainly due to some widely held misconceptions and the incomplete wisdom on flash storage.

To help you get over the hump of misconception, here we debunked some most prevailed flash myths and reframed it with a heavy dose of reality.

Flash is too expensive

Many enterprises assume that moving their storage to flash will need a lot of upfront costs with no real ROI. However, the fact is the cost price of flash-based drives is not that expensive and falling quickly due to the increased popularity. Moreover, flash drives are more reliable and consume less energy that leads to additional cost savings.

Flash is all about IOPS

No doubt flash storage includes hundreds of thousands to millions of IOPS but, it’s not only about IOPS. Latency holds much more importance than the IOPS. The long transmission of data packets highly impinges on the performance. So an enterprise needs to focus more on minimizing the latency characteristics of the solution.

Only a startup company can deliver a flash solution

One of the popular flash myths propagated by start-up companies is that only they can deliver a flash solution because they don’t have any legacy architecture to deal with. Although it seems true, it misses the point that start-up companies typically lack experience in building status quo for storage solutions. Also creating a novel architecture, including equipment, devoting the time to training and knowledge may team to whistle for significant investments for any startup company.

It is too complex to deploy

Many entrepreneurs have the misconception that upgrades to flash storage will disrupt their storage as it will involve a lot of complexity to get it right. However, in reality moving to flash storage involves a minimum amount of complexity.

Flash is only used for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments.

Yes, it is true that flash storage is very useful for VDI deployment, but it’s not the only application of Flash. Other fields like analytics, research, computer-generated graphics, animation and e-discovery also make use of flash storage.

Every flash solution is identical in performance and capabilities

There is another popular belief that all flash storage is the same regardless of their performance and capabilities. But this is not true at all; every flash solution differs in their performance and capacity to store the data.

All-flash solutions are same irrespective of vendor

The architectural approach and software used by different vendors are different, and hence flash solution differs among vendors. It could be host based or appliances based all flash or hybrid. You can get more advantage with established vendors whereas newer companies don’t offer cutting-edge technologies that are required to perform critical applications.

Flash is not enterprise ready

As a few startup companies have had issues scaling their all-flash solutions, a myth developed that flash is not yet enterprise ready. It depends on the vendor you choose. If the vendor has the complete understanding of the challenges of the enterprise and has a proven architecture to deal with it, you can be assured that you will get the flash solution that will deliver all of the characteristics that define enterprise-class storage.

Decide to work on facts about the flash server, not from the myths. Now as you know the truth, speed up the path to success in a flash.