Getting to Flash Faster

This is the third and final post in a series on Flash Storage and our thoughts on the intersection of this technology and data virtualization. To start at the beginning, read the first post “More Flash From Flash.”

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Flash Time

Customers tell us that flash storage gives them time. Apparently lots of it. In some ways that’s predictable. And when they take a systems view, combining a broad view of multiple technologies including data virtualization and flash, it gets really interesting.

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More Flash from Flash

Meeting with customers is always enjoyable and it’s often enlightening in unexpected ways. It’s even better when we can do it over dinner and a glass of excellent Chianti. That’s what we did a couple of weeks ago for a meeting with some senior executives who have been working through a pretty big plan for their IT transformation. It includes what they see as a strategic marriage of flash storage and virtualized data. We were fascinated by their insight. It confirmed our own thinking that data copy reduction could lead to a more economically attractive use of flash.Of course we’re always ready to promote the benefits of virtualized data. And we understand the buzz around the advancement of flash, probably the biggest storage innovation since spinning disk. And we had the working theory of how cool it could be when you put the two technologies together. That’s what these guys were doing and they were getting more flash from flash. No theory anymore.

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