Wish you had ‘Ludicrous Mode’ for some of your data? Here’s how to build a single environment that can support Ludicrous Mode and the rest of your applications.
Ludicrous Mode – From Your Car to the Data Center
You’re probably familiar with the renowned ‘Ludicrous Mode’ acceleration. There’s no question it’s quick under normal operations. However, some versions are even faster, such as ‘Insane Mode’; each with the sole purpose of inflicting the maximum g-force upon a driver to deliver an exhilarating user experience.
Ludicrous Mode benefits drivers in the time spent accelerating onto or passing other vehicles on the freeway. Yet for most folks, especially those in California, the stop-and-go low-speed nature of mixed traffic in residential and commercial districts is where they rack up the majority of their driving time.
There is a corollary in the data center. The challenge of supporting tier-1 business critical applications that depend upon real-time transactions is known to most any IT professional. These are the Insane or Ludicrous Mode workloads.
To achieve business success, these workloads require the highest performing storage technologies available, which today include in-memory computing, and NVMe™-based flash drives, storage servers, and storage arrays. For these workloads, high performance at low latency is a must. Even if you don’t need Insane or Ludicrous Mode all the time, it’s critical you have it for those peak times when you do.
What Happens with the Rest of Your Data
However, there are many disparate data types found across the data center and not every application requires sub-millisecond response times. In fact, the bulk of data in the enterprise can be adequately addressed through a myriad of other solutions ranging from object storage to software-defined storage or all-flash or hybrid flash arrays. This is especially true for virtualized environments, dev and test, media streaming, digital imaging, user shares, deep analytics – basically all other non-real-time applications.
While you could embrace a single high-performance storage solution for all your data, this is akin to driving your car in ludicrous mode from your house down to the train station parking lot.
How to Build a Single Environment Supporting ‘Ludicrous Mode’ and the Rest of Your Data
There are many ways to architect your data infrastructure to support a Ludicrous Mode and the bulk of your data needs. But many of these require disparate solutions from different vendors or storage silos where the singular performance envelop of most storage systems is selected to support the needs of a single class of workloads. Unfortunately, this can be very expensive from both a CAPEX and OPEX perspective. Many customers look for simplicity, and a single pane where you can manage all your storage.
Accelerating Applications (A Little or A Lot) Under a Single Roof
We are delighted with the incredible performance that our IntelliFlash™ N-Series NVMe arrays deliver, and we also listen to our customers. We are pleased that our highest performance IntelliFlash N-Series NVMe arrays now support our all-flash expansion shelves. This means for your highest performance applications, you can enjoy the incredible performance of NVMe-based flash storage. But at the same time, for data with less demanding needs, you can select our SAS-based performance flash or dense flash expansion shelves (as dictated by your performance requirements) to build out your N-Series platform. Regardless of the performance profile of your workload mix, you can take advantage of a single platform solution that will cost-effectively align storage performance with the needs of each application.
No matter the combination of storage media, you can power business critical environments to deliver more operations than ever before. The N-series can also speed up your structured and unstructured data analysis to unearth insights and turn them into significant business results. IntelliFlash N-Series arrays enable you to achieve a cost-effective, high-performance, unified multi-tier reality that can support all your workloads on a single platform.
Your Own Data Shapeshifter
This is like a dream car to me: a hot rod, station wagon, cargo van, and truck, all rolled up into one. But, it only looks like what I need for a given trip. It’s a hot rod when I need to get somewhere fast or it can ferry lots of kids to soccer games or it will move a lot of instruments, amplifiers, and lights to my next gig. In the data center, this is how the N-Series appears to applications and data. Block or file, blazing performance or more-than-enough to meet your need, combined with incredible economics and a full suite of advanced data services that provide your organization a cost-effective application and data strategy, that’s IntelliFlash N-Series.
It’s reassuring to know that Ludicrous Mode is available; go ahead and “push the button” when you need to. But it’s even better for your corporate pocketbook to align performance with the value of the data being stored. Do you always need to drive your data in Ludicrous Mode? Of course not. But knowing that you could do more with your data without breaking the bank, your IT team, or your infrastructure, is what makes IntelliFlash N-Series so compelling.
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Clay has 25+ years in the enterprise storage industry, driving business via strategic marketing, product positioning and analyst relations.