Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Bill Kleyman.

We’re not deploying data centers the way we used to. There are important new options to consider in infrastructure design, and an important one is all-flash storage.

Research from IDC predicts that service providers will continue to break new ground in search of both performance gains and cost reductions as they expand their cloud implementations. Remember, as data center utilization increases, so do requirements for power and cooling. And that’s where data center leaders are getting creative.

What if your design engineers came to you and said, “Boss, with new design and density considerations, we can actually remove 20 racks of disk, along with ALL of the associated floor space, power, and cooling. We can replace all of it with a single 4U flash-enabled architecture.” Would you listen? I’m sure you would. Your mileage may vary, but these type of examples exist.

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