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World records are impressive no matter what the record. Whether it’s setting the fastest 100-meter dash time in track and field or the most bananas eaten in a minute, all feats are incredible and show a true dedication for doing what the record-holder loves. This is why we’re so excited to be a part of a world record!

In case you missed it, we set the Storage Performance Council SPC-1 benchmark world record for performance with all-flash array provider, Kaminario, on October 17. The test was done using SanDisk®’s Optimus™ Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid-state drive (SSD) in Kaminario’s K2 all solid-state SAN storage solution. The world record solution reached 1.24M IOPS and 10GB/s of data throughput on an 86TB test system, exceeding last year’s record by 20K IOPS and doing so with all flash memory versus more expensive DRAM.

First off, let’s give a round of applause to Kaminario for developing such a powerful all-flash array! These performance and capacity stats are simply impressive. Now, let’s take a step back to figure out what this all means. What does this speed afford organizations in the real world? Also, is speed the only factor that data center managers should be focused on, or do other items carry equal importance?

In data centers or in the cloud, faster speeds equate to the ability to be able to process more information more quickly. This means that data is crunched faster resulting in better decisions being made in a split second, and less frustration when working with complex data sets or applications. While speed is certainly important for these reasons, you can quickly see other trouble arise if you overlook latency consistency and endurance. All-flash arrays and traditional storage infrastructures are only as fast as their slowest response to a request. SSDs can experience occasional latency peaks and valleys as data travels through the I/O bus. Because of this, all data being processed is slowed down while the data before it works through a peak latency spike. This can make application performance vary, making consistent latency in some respects a more important concern than simple topline performance.

In addition, flash endurance is a third key factor that must be considered. Without some form of endurance enhancement technology in place, SSDs can quickly burn out when subjected to applications optimized for legacy hard disk drive use patterns. This can push your total cost of ownership of your storage solutions through the roof, placing a significant strain on IT budgets even if your practice is to purchase the cheapest SSDs possible.

Our Guardian Technology™ brings performance, consistent latency and endurance for SSDs into a single package, and we think it’s the reason Kaminario chose our Optimus™ SAS SSD’s to achieve this performance benchmark record.

For more information, I invite you to check out the Guardian Technology™ page, and this white paper on its components and how they impact storage environments.

Congratulations again to Kaminario – we were excited to be a part of your record-breaking moment!

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