Cardwave reports on the ‘Revolution in the data centre’

By Anita Jaynes on 29 June, 2015

According to IDC and its Worldwide Big Data Technology and Services research, digital data will reach eight zettabytes in 2015 and forty zettabytes by 2020. With this amount of data generated and accessed, the performance requirement from storage devices has significantly grown.

A survey carried out by Forrester Consulting for SanDisk showed that 38% of firms are losing revenue because of inadequate performance of their systems.

Continuing to run data centres using old storage systems can result in:

  • Lost transactions.
  • Poor strategic planning.
  • Poor fulfilment.

Old storage devices, such as spinning disks, suffer through severe input and output (I/O) bottlenecks that greatly hamper applications and services. Therefore, flash based solid state storage adoption in data centres is now taking a leap forward.

Enterprises Are Using SSDs To Accelerate their Infrastructure

Base: 575 enterprise IT hardware decision makers Source: Forrsights Hardware Survey, Q3, 2013, Forrester Research, Inc.

Opportunities continue to unfold in data centres for flash-based solid-state storage as it provides faster I/O performance than hard disk storage, supports large capacities and a variety of form factors and interfaces, and consumes less power to address the huge amount of data stored within enterprises and by client users. This move represents a fast-growing multi-billion dollar global opportunity over the next five years.

PCIe SSD technology is the latest incarnation of the solid-state drive revolution sweeping the data centre. For the most part, SSDs in the data centre have used conventional storage interfaces designed to support mechanical drives, but recently drives have been developed for the high-speed PCIe bus interface.

The biggest benefit of PCIe-based SSD drives is increased performance. With other server-based SSD types, customers were able to forego the mechanical considerations of conventional hard disk drives (HDDs) — suddenly rpm measurements became irrelevant because there were no moving parts. But with those types of SSD, the SATA-based interface limits the capacity of the bus that transfers data from the SSDs to the processor. The key to the higher performance of a PCIe SSD lies in the number of channels a vendor is able to run data through.

Advantages of accelerating performance of data centre systems include:

  • Increased customer satisfaction.
  • Increased employee efficiency.
  • Timely strategic business-decision making.

Performance improvements must come with enterprise-class reliability and Cardwave can offer an independent consultancy service to recommend the best product for your data centre needs. Though it may be tempting to throw fast hardware at an issue, without resiliency you will find that the potential for downtime, data corruption and inconsistency could derail the performance benefits yielded. Performance advancements must be linked to reliability and data integrity to be valuable for business results.

Cardwave works closely with many of the global leaders and developers within this industry which means we possess a vast amount of knowledge and the capability to meet the requirements across all sectors and we can help you migrate from mechanical and magnetic storage into using solid-state media for the first time.

If you would like to challenge Cardwave with your data centre migration project contact the team on the below details.   Tel: + 44(0)1380 738395                 

Sources: IDC, Storage Magazine, Computer Weekly, Techtarget, Forrester, SanDisk, Embedded Daily, CRN, Cardwave