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SanDisk® Keynote: Sunday, January 5th, 2014 at 1:30 PM
John Scaramuzzo, Senior VP and GM, SanDisk Enterprise Storage Solutions
Follow the discussion on Twitter using #SV2014, or follow us at @SanDiskDataCtr

The Consumerization of Flash in the Data Center

assyToday’s tech-savvy consumers have come to expect instant access to information, faster responses and a seamless, enjoyable user experiences using any device. Flash has been a revolutionary enabler across consumer devices – from MP3 music players, to phones, to tablets, cameras and PC’s. It is these same improved functionalities, user expectations and demands for instant information that is driving the need for an evolution of today’s data center technology.

Until now, the costs and densities of hard disk drive (HDD) storage have been sufficient to delay data centers’ rapid adoption of solid state (SSD) storage. While the application performance advantages for solid state storage have been widely recognized, now the industry is beginning to better understand the total cost of ownership (TCO) advantages of using flash-based vs. HDD storage in the data center.

What will soon further ramp the adoption of flash are the superior storage densities offered by SSDs as they expand to double-digit terabyte capacities per drive, surpassing the maximum densities of hard disk drives. Lastly, vertically integrated flash storage providers will continue to drive down the costs of solid state memory and take on workloads in the near-line and archival tiers of the data center previously thought to be the primary domain for SATA HDDs. With these advantages across multiple tiers of storage, the enablement of the all flash data center will soon become a reality.

Flash is the next evolution of today’s data center

ascaleFlash is slowly becoming the perfect fit to handle every data center workload and application. All flash-based storage systems not only accelerate performance, but they also introduce agility into the overall IT equation—a must for CIOs who are continually challenged to maintain budgets, while increasing business agility and lowering TCO. Plus, it’s not just a matter of dollar per gigabyte anymore. There are many variables to consider when it comes to how flash can increase the efficiency and ROI of a data center– IOPS, watts, rack and even capacity. Thus, the question now becomes one of overall economics and one thing is certain: IT organizations can no longer afford to ignore the evolution towards an all-flash data center.

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Join John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Storage Solutions this Sunday, January 5th at 1:30pm to navigate through the current state of enterprise storage, explore trends and solutions to address various storage needs, and discuss how SanDisk is uniquely positioned to enable the All Flash Data Center. You can follow the discussion on Twitter @SanDiskDataCtr or following #SV2014.

– Brian Cox

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