Best reasons to use SSD in enterprise IT environments

Solid state drives adoption is increasing as price of the storage media is slowly becoming proportionate to the cost of hard drives. For this reason, most of enterprises are showing more interest in including this flash media into their upgrade roadmap of their IT environments.

Below are the best reasons to use Solid state drives in enterprise IT environments

SSDs can serve more data to more people than hard drives- Those who are willing to bank on cloud architectures; SSD usage thoroughly makes sense in these environments. For instance, if a large business has thousands of users trying to access the same data at a time, a traditional HDD will usually offer data at a particular R/W rate. But whether it is structured or unstructured data, an SSD can offer access much faster to thousands of users without the limitations of spinning disks.

SSDs can host more virtual machines in the same form factor- Every Monday, when the usual official activity starts in office environments, virtual server boot storms often try to cripple the performance of server. For instance, when everyone comes to the office and starts their virtual desktops at 9am, what usually happens is that all those machines are trying to pull the same data from the same disks. If the enterprise has HDDs in place, the only way to play around is to have more servers with the boot image on it. But with SSD the enterprises can increase the number of virtual machines on a single system by 50%, thus saving 50% of the money they will be spending on the hardware to host it.

SSDs can also cut down spend on software licenses- Interesting naah and want to know how it is possible? Here’ goes the explanation—Each database can handle more load and more transactions, enabling you to spend less on database software. This also means that you can extend the life of items you already own. Replacing HDD with SSD on an existing database can yield a 50%+ increase in load and users it can handle, allowing you to delay any new IT spending on high end software.

SSDs let you sell more- Suppose you are running an online shopping website where the database has to handle 200,000 users at a time. ….yes it happens to Amazon during Black Friday and thanksgiving deals. If the database cannot handle such massive loads, then customers need to wait to complete an order. Here’s where SSD usage in an enterprise IT environment will make complete sense. A great example of this is how Alibaba took in 120,000 orders a second and 60,000 payments a second during this past Singles Day shopping event. In the absence of SSDs and presence of Hard drives if suppose an enterprise took on those same numbers of customers but could only process half their orders during that time, you’d be losing millions.

SSDs are great for backups and disaster recovery- SSD can do instant backups with snap-shot software, usually built into the disk controller. SSD can do also real-time replication with no user-perceptible lag. It can even provide built-in data tiering if you need it.

So, with all these benefits, probably its time to think on their deployment……isn’t it?

Note- This article was architected with the knowledge of a resource from Huawei Enterprise Storage segment……thanks mate!


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