Why a modern storage architecture matters

Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA at Brocade looks at how digital transformation is driving a storage transformation.

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Why a modern storage architecture matters Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA at Brocade
By  Yarob Sakhnini Published  January 25, 2017

For much of the last two decades, storage architecture design has seen little change, despite the explosion of data and the evolution of traditional storage technologies.

However A massive technologically enabled business shift has seen the storage infrastructure evolve from its traditional role as a critical business operations function to that of a vital business enabler.

New business application demands require more adaptive, intelligent, high-performing, and scalable storage architectures to achieve goals faster.

At the forefront of this change is flash-based storage technology. It enables companies to achieve breakthrough application performance while reducing power and space requirements. Flash has enabled a new wave of storage architectures, designed to support the virtualized data centre that includes hyper-converged infrastructures and software-defined storage.

Flash storage has been the most disruptive storage technology in the last decade. The notion of an all-flash data centre isn’t a question of if; it’s a question of when. The transition to flash is pushing the limits of the infrastructure, and legacy networks will bottleneck performance. Even as flash is breaking through performance barriers, storage innovation continues to advance with the development of NVMe technology.

NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) is an industry initiative that will replace the current direct-attached storage model with a modern, networked storage architecture. This will provide the digital enterprise with incredible performance and the non-stop availability required for tomorrow’s all-flash data centres.

Brocade and its partner ecosystem offer a growing portfolio of flash-based Gen 6 Fibre Channel products for enterprise storage, including Brocade X6 Directors, Brocade G620 Switch, and Brocade SX6 Extension Blade. The Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel portfolio combines hardware, Brocade Fabric Vision technology, and integrated monitoring for storage I/O performance. Together, these offerings provide the industry’s highest level of operational stability with enhanced application performance for hyper-scale, mission-critical storage.

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