A storage solution that an MSP business sometimes overlooks is a combination of flash storage and RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks). Not only is this solution becoming more affordable for businesses, it provides you with flexible options. Here are points to remember on deciding if you should offer a flash-based RAID storage solution to your clients:
Traditional Arrays vs. Flash Storage
Flash storage was introduced in the 1980s and has become widely adopted by businesses. It’s an alternative to traditional storage methods, such as disks and magnetic tape. A major drawback to traditional storage media is the amount of potential downtime during the data recovery process. There’s also no guarantee that data will be saved accurately on tape, which can stretch and break. That’s why many businesses have turned to more modern reliable solutions like solid-state drives (SSDs).
One of the attractions of flash storage is its portability, as well as ability to withstand intense temperature and pressure. USB flash drives are convenient, especially when transporting a large project from one machine to another. Flash is also an effective solution for scalability due to its large storage capacity.
A key concern about flash memory is its limited number of program-erase cycles as degradation sets in. But the P/E cycles are increasing the more flash technology improves. One of the reasons flash drives became popular this century has been greater storage capacities up to hundreds of gigabytes.
Flexibility with RAID Options
Your MSP business has a variety of RAID levels to choose from, as data can be distributed across drives in multiple ways. The more robust RAID configurations can handle striping across several drives and provide reliable redundancy. Different RAID levels reflect different storage goals, such as availability, reliability, and capacity. Keep in mind, however, that flash drives will eventually fail, and the more capacity that the drive comprises, the longer it will take to restore the array.
SSD vs. HDD
Many large data centers still use HDD for storage in situations that don’t call for high performance or large capacity. SSD, on the other hand, is more appropriate for companies with an archive of large data files. When you occasionally need to mix in high-performance activities, it’s best to use a hybrid solution, which flash storage provides.
All-flash options (or arrays) for enterprise storage are often designed for specific uses. As a virtual solution, it’s possible to house thousands of individual drives in one place. One of the main advantages of SSDs over HDDs is that they usually don’t need as much maintenance due to not using any moving parts. SSD prices continue to decline, but HDD is still more affordable.
Every MSP business should consider a flash-based RAID storage solution since it provides space and cost efficiency. You will be able to store more data in less space. The more efficiency you bring to clients, the more they will spread the word how you strengthened their company.