Survey: Training required on flash storage

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Ricky Pereira, Dell Enterprise Manager at Pinnacle ICT.

A third of respondents (32%) to a recent survey, conducted by ITWEb in partnership with Pinnacle and Dell Technologies, said they had updated their storage solution less than a year ago, while another third (33%) said they had done so within the past three years.

Three-quarters of respondents (72%) said they use cloud as a service for their backup storage solution, 43% said they use network-attached storage, and 33% use network-attached storage. About 18% used direct-attached storage and 16% used hyperconverged infrastructure. The majority of respondents had a disaster recovery plan. Of these, 79% used offsite storage while 21% had onsite storage.

Ricky Pereira, Dell Enterprise Manager, Pinnacle ICT, said: “Interestingly, three quarters of respondents are using a Cloud as a Service for their backup storage, a good step in their digital transformation journey. to reduce the infrastructure and management of their IT resources. This also relates to their disaster recovery plan responses and the use of offsite storage as part of their disaster recovery plan. It would be interesting to see how many respondents have ever tried to move their data from one cloud provider to another or even tried to bring their data back to their on-premises storage, as one of the biggest hidden costs of cloud providers is the amount you have to pay to recover your own data. Typically, a business will simply leave their data and continue to pay that cloud service provider even if they received poor service or were able to get a better deal from another service provider.

There is still a perception that flash is more expensive than spinning disks.

He adds, “From the responses, we also found that enterprises still prefer to stick with tried and tested storage solutions, with almost half of respondents still using network-attached storage and only 16% using newer storage technologies. such as hyperconverged infrastructure to provide their storage needs.

Use of flash storage

Nearly half of survey respondents (48%) said their current storage drives include a hybrid solution (all-flash and spinning drives), while 32% use all-flash storage and 20% rely on rotating discs. When asked to give their reasons for not considering all-flash storage, 54% of respondents cited cost, 18% said it was due to legacy systems, and 8% blamed lack of skills.

“Half of respondents are not looking for an all-flash storage solution due to the cost of flash drives compared to spinning disks, although prices have come down on flash drives to the point where a 480GB flash drive is at same price point as the 600GB Spinning Disk. The decision always comes down to performance versus capacity,” says Pereira.

He goes on to say that with new technologies built into all-flash storage solutions, which can both compress and deduplicate data, 1 GB of purchased data effectively becomes 3 GB. spinning discs, overloading the spinning discs would require more discs to achieve the same performance, up to a ratio of 17:1.

This will increase both the cost and capacity of the storage solution, making it less efficient.

“There is still a perception that flash is more expensive than spinning disks, which means more education is needed on all-flash storage solutions.”

He concludes by saying, “Many survey respondents appear to have only just begun their digital transformation journey. Even though half of respondents have updated their storage solutions in the past year, the next step is to make their storage solution smarter to be able to operate autonomously, to be more adaptable to changing applications and technologies, and most importantly to be data-centric so that it can provide efficient storage without compromising performance or the ability to grow as business data grows.

About the survey

ITWeb, in partnership with Pinnacle and Dell Technologies, conducted a Survey storage solutions in October/November 2021 to identify where businesses are on their digital transformation journeys and how they will be modernize their storage and data protection infrastructure.

A total of 337 valid responses were captured – 60% of respondents were at the executive or middle management level and 20% at the staff level.

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