Hybrid Flash vs All Flash Storage Arrays

Flash storage is the biggest thing in the industry, and rightfully so. With the advances in solid-state drive (SSD) technology and the emergence of all flash storage arrays boasting drastic increases in performance, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for decision makers to choose the proper storage solution for their business.

For years, businesses looking into flash-based environments have turned to hybrid flash storage solutions. Hybrid flash blends SSD speed with the capacity of hard disk drives (HDDs). And while the industry indicates that all flash is the way of the future, businesses are hesitant to leave behind the low cost and storage capacity of HDDs that have been around for so long.

Hybrid & All Flash Arrays: Benefits & Uses

Hybrid Flash v All Flash ArrayThe performance benefits of flash are undeniable as indicated by the growing sales of flash-based solutions in 2014. With hybrid and all flash arrays combining to form a market worth $11.3 billion, decision makers are ultimately tasked with evaluating the two types against each other.

Choosing which flash storage solution is right for your company is completely dependent upon your business needs. All flash arrays completely leverage the capabilities of SSDs, resulting in unmatched speeds with high IOPS and low latency. High-performance computing, financials, databases, and any other applications where performance and speed are critical will significantly benefit from all flash arrays.

Even though the all-flash market is continuing to grow, many businesses are still opting to go with hybrid flash arrays. With flash on the front-end and spinning disks on the backside, your environment gets flash performance while still maintaining a high storage capacity. And while hybrid flash arrays fall short when dealing with applications like Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), they provide a significant advantage when it comes to easily expanding storage capacity (a current limitation of going all flash).

Choosing the Right Flash-Based Array

The choice between hybrid flash and all flash arrays depends on your business needs and applications being used. If performance is the most crucial element to your environment, then an all flash array will suit you well. If your business requires a large amount of storage and the ability to expand its capacity in the future, then you’re most likely better off with a hybrid flash array.

For more information on the hybrid flash and all flash array solutions that JetStor offers (including the new StorTrends 3600i All Flash Array), please contact us at 1-800-213-2667, Ext. 122 or email sales@acnc.com and we’ll reach out to you shortly.

JetStor at VMUG UserCon 2015: StorTrends 3600i

JetStor attended the annual VMUG User Conference for Western PA on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.  The all-day event was held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh hosting a mix of VMware partners, customers, and employees.

JetStor VMUG UserCon 2015The event was kicked off with breakfast, a keynote speech from Chris McCain of VMware, and the opening of the exhibit hall. With education sessions, product demonstrations, and partner speeches being spaced throughout the day, attendees had plenty of time to visit vendor tables and participate in giveaways.  Lunch was served for all those in attendance and provided a great networking opportunity among the local VMware community.

UserCon is always an event we look forward to attending as it allows us to showcase our latest technology and interact with a very hands-on community.

JetStor/StorTrends Table at UserCon

This year, we were proud to share a table with American Megatrends Incorporated (AMI) to give users a look at the StorTrends 3600i All Flash Array.  With JetStor acting as a value-added reseller, the 3600i is the newest solution stemming from the efforts of both companies.  We’re excited to begin rolling out this product, as it’s poised to bring tremendous value to small- and medium-sized businesses in 2015 and beyond.

Representatives from both JetStor and StorTrends were on hand at VMUG UserCon to showcase this all-new array, which uniquely utilizes the strengths of solid-state drives (SSDs).  With VMware users from so many different industries attending the event, it was a great time to highlight the various improvements it provides over traditional environments as well as it’s ability to be tailored to unique business needs.

The StorTrends 3600i stands to set the new standard through increased efficiency, higher speeds, and less overhead, all at a drastically more affordable price point.  With the industry moving towards all flash environments, we’re proud to be at the forefront of it.

Thank you to all those who stopped by our table and spent some time with us on Tuesday as well as entered our RC Drone giveaway. We had a great time playing Super Mario Kart with attendees and talking about the future of all flash storage with everyone.

Contact us for more information on the StorTrends 3600i and other storage solutions by calling 1-800-213-2667, Ext. 122 or email sales@acnc.com and a representative will be in touch shortly.