It’s not hard to see why they’re scrambling. Although the price of SSD-based storage systems are coming down, it’s a slow process. Currently, a gigabyte’s worth of SSD storage costs about forty cents, versus about five cents per gigabyte of HDD storage. Less data duplication means less data to store, making the SSD drives utilizing the new technology more efficient.
Here’s a quick overview of the solutions offered by the three major vendors in this space:
- Hitachi – Hitachi is working to upgrade all-flash F-Series and its hybrid flash/hard disk G-Series of drives, as well as its SVOS operating system. The improvements to the operating system include new AI-based container and operations support and introduced a new feature in the form of the “Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor.” This provides real-time analysis of your data center optimization across all storage devices, networks, servers and virtual machines in a bit to more efficiently predict data center needs and optimize/troubleshoot data storage.
- HPE – The company has upgraded their “Nimble” storage line, which includes an array of all-flash products, a hybrid disk-flash product line and a secondary flash line. The big change here is that the company’s products now support inline, variable block size deduplication. The company claims this change makes their products “the most efficient hybrid arrays in the industry by a wide margin.”
- IBM – IBM has issued an upgrade to its Storwize arrays, the first in more than two years. The update improves cloud integration, overall disk performance and an array of enhanced deduplication tools, claiming as much as a 5:1 data reduction while retaining 100 percent data availability (provided you’re using IBM HyperSwap).
How big an impact these changes will have remains to be seen, but kudos to all three companies for taking decisive steps to bolster the performance of their storage devices.