All-Flash Arrays vs. Performance Management
IT used to be judged on its ability to deliver application uptime and in large part, it still is today. The challenge is the definition of “uptime” has been expanded to include acceptable application performance, no matter what the external conditions may be. This means that performance not only needs to be managed, it needs to be analyzed so that future performance pressures can be predicted.
Because of the increasing number of moving parts in the data center combined with the abstraction that virtualization brings, simply throwing high performance flash at the problem is not going to be enough to meet this new definition of uptime. Performance management, tuning and forecasting has to become the bedrock of any data center skill set.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly Newsletter.