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What is Flash Storage?
Flash storage places digital information on solid state "flash" memory chips (i.e. What's found in a USB stick) rather than on spinning hard disks.
Flash storage definition
In the enterprise, flash storage refers to the use of solid-stage drives (SSDs) comprised of flash memory (i.e. "An All-Flash Array") for the mass storage of data or files. Flash storage offers an alternative to relying on hard disk drives (HDDs) or other media for storage. Recent advances in manufacturing have made it possible for all-flash storage arrays to hold more data per rack unit than is possible with HDDs – while performing faster input/output (I/O) operations.
Why flash storage?
Flash storage offers several advantages over traditional spinning disk media. Though still slightly more expensive on a dollar-per-gigabyte basis, flash storage enables radically faster data processing operations. An all-flash array can store multi-terabyte databases "in-memory" and deliver a read/write speed that is 4 times greater than HDDs. Flash storage is more dense than HDDs. It also tends to be less prone to failure, given its lack of moving parts.
HPE flash storage products and services
HPE offers a selection of high-performing flash storage solutions. They offer 99.9999% uptime and built-in protection and affordability for any application. Predictive all-flash storage from HPE is smart enough to eliminate issues before you even know they’re there and operate with industry leading economics, including cloud-like options, for only pennies per usable gigabyte per month.
Featured all-flash arrays and hybrid storage
Flash-optimised storage with consistent architecture and interoperability from 2-node affordable midrange to 8-node enterprise scale and everything in between.
Flash storage and the predictive analytics that deliver fast and reliable access to data, and predict and prevent issues to help deliver 99.9999% measured availability.
The hybrid storage system for applications requiring 100% data availability with no downtime.
Full featured, high performance and scalable HDD/SSD storage with modern features at an entry-level price point.
Affordable HDD/SSD entry storage that is simple to deploy and manage.
Get started with HPE flash storage
Speak with an HPE flash storage expert about putting all-flash arrays to work supporting your data management workloads.
Learn why data protection and retention solutions integrated with an end-to-end flash storage strategy is critical in migrating to the All-Flash Datacentre.
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Must ask vendor questions for buyers purchasing an all flash array. Also includes data protection requirements for getting the most out of flash.