Trends Report

Build Your Business Case For All-Flash Storage Arrays

Start With Performance-Sensitive Applications, But Emphasize The Operational Cost Benefits

August 21st, 2013
HB
Henry Baltazar
With contributors:
Doug Washburn , Thayer Frechette

Summary

Consider your most critical technology-powered assets. For retailers, this is your eCommerce site. For financial service firms, this is your trading platform. If you run these assets on hard-drive storage systems, you are likely doing your customers and employees a disservice — and losing to your competition. Though the price per gigabyte (GB) of flash storage is more expensive than hard-drive storage, a growing number of use cases have developed where the performance, resiliency, and even the total-cost-of-ownership benefits of flash can far outweigh the higher acquisition costs. Forrester recently interviewed enterprise and service provider customers across a range of industries to discuss how they justified their early adoption of all-flash storage arrays. In this report, we examine the business case of all-flash storage arrays and the benefits and costs for IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) to consider before deploying.

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