Sergey Nivens - Fotolia
Yes, I've spent a lot of time with our IT clients talking about this. Basically, if you're measuring it on price per gigabyte, you probably don't understand the value that these all-flash arrays really provide.
By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers.
All-flash arrays make more out of your other investments, certainly out of your processors, out of your network, out of your applications. They free up a lot of time spent waiting for the storage system to really exploit the value of the investment in those other areas.
So, we try to talk to people asking, What's the net effect of this?
A lot of people are measuring that by doing proofs of concept and then buying based on that. That is much easier than trying to make a decision based on price per gigabyte. So, we try to help coach clients into using something like a TCO calculation over time to show the overall effect on their operations. If you look beyond dollar per gigabyte, the economics are in favor of all-flash arrays.
But that requires a little more thinking. And unfortunately, some of the people inside IT also have to do a little bit of upselling to explain why we can't look at this as a dollar-per-gigabyte pricing.
A better way to perform cloud storage cost analysis
How compression and dedupe affect hard drive vs. SSD cost
Is solid-state storage worth the investment?
Dig Deeper on SSD array implementations
Related Q&A from Randy Kerns
What is the one hidden gotcha that you'd advise users about if they were shopping for an all-flash storage array?continue reading
How much control do you have with all-flash storage arrays? How much control do you have over how arrays handle your data? Do you control the caching?continue reading
Vendors often publish numbers for 'usable' capacity versus 'effective' capacity. Can you explain this and how can you plan flash capacity needs with ...continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.