So what do we know about flash? It used to be really expensive. It had limited implementation options in IT environments. Oh, let’s not forget the screaming performance you can expect when it’s implemented correctly. I’m hearing about more and more IT shops that are turning to flash to meet their business needs, but it’s not getting implemented the right way or the best way in my opinion. Sure, you can buy 12 flash drives and throw them in your underlying storage subsystem and it will help, but what if your mission-critical datasets don’t fit? What if they currently fit, but won’t for long because data is exploding exponentially? I’ll take 12 more flash drives please. With that approach you’re going to kill your budget, add complexity to managing your storage, and most likely create a bottleneck somewhere else in your infrastructure that will wreak havoc on the performance of every single application that uses that storage system.
Insert Fusion-io ioControl n5 SPX, a hybrid, end-to-end flash storage solution that uses PCIe flash at a storage system and server level. This lets you put flash where it matters most to you. Do you have a mission-critical OLTP database application that is consuming too many IOPS on your storage system so other applications are being hurt? Throw some PCIe flash in the server where the database is running and poof! Problem gone! Obviously a little more thought goes into it, but you get the picture. By strategically placing PCIe flash where it matters, you can continue to meet strict performance requirements, while alleviating a good amount of pressure being put on the underlying storage system.
We recently completed an ESG Lab Validation where we looked at the performance benefits of using Fusion-io’s end-to-end hybrid flash storage solution in a clustered SQL Server environment running a mission-critical OLTP database workload. We compared the Fusion-io solution with a traditional SAN and as expected, the benefits were impressive: 5x more IOPS and 6x faster response times. The report also looked at the ease of provisioning with Fusion-io QoS features and cost savings that could be expected when compared with other traditional storage implementations. I don’t want to spoil all the results, so check out the full Lab Validation, Fusion-io ioControl n5-SPX, here.