IBM Says Flash Memory Total Cost Less Than Hard Drives for the Data Center
Part of the reason is because flash storage doesn't contain any moving parts, thereby making it a more reliable and durable solution, IBM says. Flash storage is also more energy efficient and doesn't require nearly the same investment into cooling as HDDs do. That's not a big deal for a home system, but when you're talking about a data center, those costs add up in a hurry. And then there are the performance benefits.
"The economics and performance of flash are at a point where the technology can have a revolutionary impact on enterprises, especially for transaction-intensive applications," said Ambuj Goyal, General Manager, Systems Storage, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "The confluence of Big Data, social, mobile and cloud technologies is creating an environment in the enterprise that demands faster, more efficient, access to business insights, and flash can provide that access quickly.”
IBM has a vested interest in flash storage and its comments come as it announces the availability of its "FlashSystem" line of all-flash storage appliances, which are based on technology it acquired from Texas Memory Systems last year. According to IBM, its FlashSystem units are much faster than HDD-based solutions and can provide up to 90 percent reductions in transaction times for applications like banking, trading, and telecommunications; up to 85 percent reductions in batch processing chores; and up to 80 percent reductions in energy consumption.