Hybrid storage is now being touted as a safer bet for virtual workloads and this was revealed in a survey conducted by ActualTech Media and commissioned by California based Tegile Systems.
A study on the state of storage in virtualized data centers found that 61% of respondents-nearly all with some workloads running on virtual machines- said that they have hybrid storage arrays in their environments. While more than two thirds said flash storage improved existing application responses times, most have deployed a mix of traditional spinning discs and all-flash arrays. Only 3% of the companies surveyed said that they have gone all-in for flash storage.
The study also suggests a shift over time to all-flash storage arrays, as virtual machines support more key systems like SQL servers used for data analytics. But hybrid is also being labeled as an undisputed standard for storage as enterprises also need to balance cost and performance for all their workloads.
The survey authors suggest that the storage needs are reflected in the kinds of applications running in datacenters. Databases lead the way, with Microsoft SQL servers accounting for two-thirds of virtualized applications. File sharing followed at 53 percent. For now, data analytics brings up the rear with only 15% of respondents running analytics applications on virtual machines.
ActualTech media survey notes that as storage and hypervisor become more closely linked to one another, there will also be capability difference between different systems based on hypervisor enhancements.
For now, VMware’s vSphere remains the overwhelming choice, accounting for a hefty 69 percent of those companies surveyed. Hyper-V trailed with 34 percent of respondents using the Microsoft alternative. The emerging KVM hypervisor was cited by only 8 percent of survey respondents.
Tegile systems survey asserts that in an on-premise storage environment, 47 percent of survey respondents said they are running both disk and flash while 41 percent have stuck with all-disk storage in the datacenter. A majority said they operate standalone hybrid storage arrays, indicating that a hybrid approach provides an excellent balance when it comes to managing storage costs in terms of both capacity and performance.
Therefore, ActualTech media’s survey suggests that the current year 2016 will see a lot of vendors offering hybrid storage and those who already have those solutions in their product catalog will see a peak in their sales graph.
StoneFly, Inc is one such company which offers SAN and NAS storage solutions with hybrid storage capacities. StoneFly SAN appliances have flash and disc storage media in their computing chassis which offers high end performance and capacity on an economic note.
These appliances are populated with enterprise grade SSDs meant for performance oriented applications and hard drives for capacity needing applications.
StoneFly Hybrid arrays incorporate software capabilities such as tier storage, caching, and data management. High capacity disks also can be used to mirror the flash memory for backup and disaster recovery use.
So, Enterprises using virtualization technology for corporate clouds or which are planning to re-architect their data centers are discovering that hybrid storage arrays can increase storage performance without requiring a forklift upgrade to their storage environment.
Therefore, StoneFly SAN appliances family offers the ideal balance of affordability and performance with scalability and accommodations for improved technology.
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