Want the fastest storage? Stop thinking media and start thinking architecture

If there is one area of IT where an objective opinion is needed, it might be storage. The disk versus flash battle is raging, and conflicting advice is not hard to come by. The flash guy says that no disk storage will ever be as fast as flash; then the disk company rep counters that flash will never be as cheap as disk. To complicate matters more, some companies say that their disk-flash hybrid is faster than flash alone. So what’s the bottom line on the fastest storage for your buck — flash, disk or anything in between?

Randy Arseneau, CMO of Infinidat, and Steve Kenniston, VP of Product Marketing at INFINIDAT, talked with Stu Miniman (@stu) and Marc Farley (@gofarley), host and guest host of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during VMworld 2016.

Kenniston said that media is only one factor — the way they are used by the architecture can make a world of difference. His company offers a storage solution that combines disk and flash. “We had some technical presentations that were talking about how our system can beat all-flash systems with real-life workloads,” he said, claiming that all-flash figures are somewhat inflated.

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