What Happens When Solid-State Becomes Cheaper Than Hard Disk? (Hint: It Already Has.)

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Data is a complicated problem that often leads to equally complicated solutions, such as multiple storage platforms, data islands and different management tools for access, analytics and archiving.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could unify your data storage around a single management pane? And, while we’re being wishful, let’s ask for savings and speed improvements too.

On the off chance that you don’t have a genie in a bottle lying around, you can get all three wishes answered with HPE’s 3PAR storage. 3PAR’s solid state drive (SSD) technology is 100X faster than hard-disk drive (HDD) technology. It also lets you manage legacy storage systems from the same control pane. And it’s cheaper than HDD storage.

Wait a minute, you’re wondering, when did SSD become cheaper than HDD? When HPE released 3PAR’s new data reduction system. Pound for pound (or terabyte for terabyte), SSD is still about 3X more expensive than HDD. But HPE found a way to trim the fat from data using a powerful mix of built-in compression, deduplication and optimization. As a result, businesses can fit 50 terabytes of HDD storage onto a 10TB 3PAR drive without requiring any data decompression. Now you’re getting SSD performance at 60% of the price of HDD storage.

Of course, you’re probably not going to throw out all your legacy HDD systems and replace them with SSD—and, really, you don’t have to. HPE 3PAR is designed to unify SSD, HDD and other legacy storage systems under a single pane of management. You can keep using slow, cheap storage solutions for data archiving, and buy faster SSD storage for your mission-critical data.

We see a lot of businesses adopting this hybrid SSD/HDD storage strategy, particularly as data volumes grow. For example, manufacturing companies are shifting their ERP data onto solutions like HPE 3PAR to ensure they can access and analyze the mountain of data being generated by sensors. Banks are also using SSD storage for customer-facing apps that require secure, real-time access to data. And healthcare agencies are migrating EHRs (electronic health records), images and other data into SSD systems for faster access and analysis.

Figuring out what kind of data belongs in an SSD environment versus an HDD environment is where we fit in. Rolta AdvizeX provides the data advisory services that help businesses find the right balance between cost and performance. It begins by understanding where your data is today, who is accessing it (and why) and how storage innovations such as HPE 3PAR can improve business agility. ▪