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How to manage storage and archiving problems of increasing data

How to avoid advanced computing got pushed back since storage performance

How to shorten the delay of data transmission from edge to core and core edge

How to maintain and deploy virtualization infrastructure

How to secure the data and privacy in higher standards

How to choose the right storage at affordable prices

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Face the Trends Behind Data Growth

Growth in data is happening across all industries. IDC predicts in their report that Global Datasphere will grow from 33 Zettabytes in 2018 to 175 Zettabytes by 2025 and an enterprise is fast becoming the world’s data steward. Moreover, businesses are looking to centralize data management and delivery (e.g., online video streaming, data analytics, data security, and privacy) as well as to leverage data to control their businesses. The trends behind data growth are "Business service model change" and "Companies digitalization ". Customization content, Real-time responding, cloud service rising, Gain more market share and customer revenue.

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Digitalization and New Business Service

Even if the big data analysis system and machine learning algorithm in the background of the bank are so sharp, if you do not try to break the performance gap between computing and storage, the front-end smart customer service robot can only wait for the response of the storage device. Still unable to quickly deliver brilliant solutions to the end customer; even in the process of performing big data calculus analysis, the hard disk plays a performance killer, which has slowed down the speed of the answer.

Companies Digitalization

• Lack of expertise to lead the program
• Limited budget
• No overarching strategy

E-commerce

• Responding performance for online transaction
• Personal biometric data system real-time computing
• Rrecords transmission between edge and core

IoT Solutions

• Factory automation control
• Telemetry and operation data back to core to perform advanced computing
• Real-time info sharing to dealer and distributor

Healthcare

• Increasing frequency and resolution of MRIs
• Portable device data transfer to core storage and medical records

Media & Entertainment

• Content tailored in real-time based
• Multimedia data orientation and video streaming
• Scattered marketing data back to the core to be repurposed

Cloud Service Provider

• No redundant service
• Infrastructure security and compliance
• Cost control

How All-Flash Array Solve the Problems?

The All-Flash Array Era

The most effective solution to gaining high performance for applications that are slowed down is switching to all-flash arrays (AFA). Let's discuss thoroughly all aspects of how all-flash array brings the benefit to help us keep up the trend of the modern business model.
Performance

Performance

A primary advantage of the all-flash array is consistently high performance. Predictable performance helps you to consolidate many workloads on systems without compromising performance. Let’s take a look at the three basic measurements of performance.

  • IOPS

    Applications with databases frequently accessing generates random reads/writes and the performance of this behavior in storage measurement is IOPS. Given a more concrete idea: an SSD delivers 100 times of IOPS than an HDD.

  • Latency

    Applications like online transaction processing (OLAP) or e-commerce which provide real-time services to customers, they are extremely time-sensitive. The latency would cause a huge impact on the business.

  • Throughput

    Applications access data in large block sizes like the video is different from the above that are in smaller block sizes. Large block size is beneficial for large sequential read/write workloads and the measurement is throughput.

Data Protection & Security

Data Protection & Security

As always, data needs to be managed and protected. Requirements include protection against failed devices; protection against intentional or accidental data corruption; and facilities for disaster recovery. Enterprise flash drives have impressive reliability. Unlike HDDs, flash drives have no spinning disks or moving parts, increasing their reliability.

Storage Management

Efficient Storage Management

Making an enterprise storage purchase decision, not only has to consider its speed but also IT management in order to lower the total cost of ownership.

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Trends of SSD

The main reason (or myth) holds your back from replacing all-flash arrays is they often consider as more expensive than disk-drive systems. The impression comes from the price of SSD. Nowadays, things got different! SSD prices keep falling whereas the capacity is growing.

  • Dropping Price
  • Larger Capacity

Performance Availability and Affordability for All-Flash Array

Perhaps your current storage systems are behind the technology curve or approaching the end of their warranty, or perhaps the plans of an incumbent storage vendor are uncertain. Whatever the reason, there has never been a better time to consider switching to all-flash storage.

Availability and Affordability

What is SMB/Entry-Level All-Flash Array?

Redefine Entry-Level All-Flash Array

Moving to the flash arena, you might want to start with a SMB/entry-level all-flash array. But in the current market, whether the one is just a faster Hybrid Array? Therefore, we list out the key indicators for you when choosing the right entry-level all-flash array.
IOPS

Capability

IOPS with consistent low latency in 4K random write

Connect protocol

Architecture

Advanced connectivity protocols high availability form factor

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Price & Capacity

Cost-effective at least 10TB+

Why the Most Important IOPS Is in 4K Random Writes?

In the environment of video editing or media streaming, it usually requires low latency with high throughput, 2ms may lead to the situation that the multiple videos cannot get the sustainable and stable throughput, as rendering the videos may need to randomly write some small files (a few KB) to the storage, higher latency will bring the rendering process being longer to finish, and dropping the frame of video in this scenario; with 1ms or lower, video editing and media streaming can obtain more layer during the rendering process, so that the Editor can include much more videos in one task, to deliver the result faster than ever. Also in VDI applications, 4K random read+write is very a common usage when users try to boot up the Guest OS VMs in a few seconds, so that users/clients may operate the OS once they powered on the Console, the lower latency will help to reduce the booting time for hundreds of VDI during the Booting Storm when users get into the office and power on all Console at the same time; higher latency will lead to the bad feeling because of the longer booting time, and the overall impression of purchasing this all-flash array is useless for an IT administrator.

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Why the Latency Also Important to Your Application?

Similar to VDI, but not limited in Booting Storm situation only. Imagine that there are multiple servers/services running on a powerful server and the storage has to deliver high IOPS with low latency, to allow the corresponding services running simultaneously and smoothly, SQL Server cannot endure slow response, the database has to respond to the higher layer application in time; Web Server has to reflect in Mini Seconds based otherwise the users may not stay in the webpage any longer; Mail Server has to deal with billions of mail on time, clients may lose their order because of slow reaction; all of these have to be dealt within 1ms.

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Why the Higher Bandwidth Protocols Is Your Cornerstone?

Most traditional business companies is tired of upgrading their hardware in IT environment, but keeping using the old machine to handle their daily jobs, presumable only GbE network architecture will be used, users (the employees) in the company are very sick to the terrible performance and time wasting process, “there must be a way to speed up the working efficiency” they think. Upgrading the whole architecture to 10GbE environment will help to improve the performance a lot, though the costs might be expensive but the 10GbE network is more and more popular, connecting to 10GbE interface will be very easy to implement the accessibility. Considering the upgrade to FC topology if the requirement is to access the data with lowest latency, as 10GbE or GbE connection are based on network, the latency is much higher than FC connection, adding FC HBA and FC SAN switch will deliver the best performance with low latency.

Higher Bandwidth

Why Active-Active Dual-Controller Architecture Is Necessary?

Service unavailability for any mission-critical application is not acceptable. With Dual-controller architecture, non-stop service is fulfilled. Any unexpected single controller failure won't cause the service stop since another controller take over the service. Active-Active design guarantee the performance while two controllers utilizing the same storage resource.

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Why the Capacity-Price Ratio Starting from 10TB

Started from the minimum demanded capacity, the capacity can be expanded cost-effectively as the demand grows in the Entry-level All-Flash array. Choosing the better capacity-price ratio Entry-level AFA in the market, ensures that you will always get the capacity as much as possible with less cost and significantly increase the ROI on AFA.

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What Kind of Environment You Need the Entry-Level All-Flash Array

Entry-level AFA is ideal for small and medium business customer who requires data processing for database, virtualization environment, media production, and high-computing like AI and IOT. Even large scale business can use entry-level AFA for growing service, and adopting to higher-level AFA after business becomes matured and requires higher-level device.

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Find the Real Entry-Level All-Flash Array

Essentials
PerformanceMore than 300K IOPS in 4K random write under 0.5ms latency
ProtocolFibre Channel and iSCSI host interface support
PersistenceActive-Active Dual-Controller architecture
PriceMSRP sub. $20K with 10TB capacity at minimum
PositionMeet the high-performance of databases, virtualization, media editing, AI and IOT industries

All-Flash Array

Entry-Level But Uncompromised in All Aspects

Based on QSAN's exclusive tuning, performance will be maximized to achieve the expectations of well-known tier 1 brands without the unaffordable cost. In addition to the software advantages, the reliable system and user-friendly operation can save on manpower and overhead of equipment maintenance for the enterprise. Therefore, XCubeFAS can provide a high-performance solution at a lower price in the entry-level product segment.

  • More than 300K IOPs in 4K random write under 0.5 ms latency
  • Fibre Channel and iSCSI host interface support
  • Active-Active Dual-Controller architecture
  • Leading capacity-price ratio starting from 10TB

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