All-Flash Arrays Support Data Intensive Healthcare Applications
AFAs are made up of multiple solid-state disk drives that are more stable than the spinning disks found in hard disk drives. The flash drives transfer data faster than hard disk drives and are easier to reprogram. Flash-based arrays also don’t need the same cooling process as standard drives, making the cost of the data center much less expensive. Many flash-based arrays also include data replication, deduplication, and snapshots for recovery purposes. They are also cheaper to physically deploy because they don’t require as much power to run. AFA is required for organizations looking to embrace technology with high volume data sets, such as big data analytics, according to an IDC AFA presentation. Hard disc drives (HDDs) can’t meet heavy requirements cost-effectively and flash is needed to maintain an environment as IT infrastructure density increases.
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