5 ways an all-flash server will accelerate your business

Drive Business Growth: With All-Flash Servers
5 ways an all-flash server will accelerate your business

Synology’s all-flash server FS3410 accommodates 24 SSDs

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IT admins want the most trouble-free operation possible when it comes to servers. The GDPR officer wants data security. The CEO high data throughput and availability. The CFO a cost-effective solution.

Finding an in-house storage solution that meets all of these requirements can quickly become a mammoth task. We look at five everyday problems facing enterprise IT and the opportunities that an all-flash server offers.

A number with 14 digits

Humans and computers generated an incredible 64.2 zettabytes of data in 2020. That’s the equivalent of 70,588,646,503,219 gigabytes.

A number that defies human imagination. But that’s not all, forecasts for 2025 predict three times as much, namely 181 zettabytes of data generated worldwide. (Source: statista.de)

Constant data growth cannot be stopped and affects companies in particular.

But what to do with the data? This is where an all-flash server can be the catalyst you need!

1. Little space in the server cabinet, but more space for data

Both memory and physical space are limited in the enterprise environment. An all-flash server can be a good alternative in the server cabinet. A lot of storage space is available in a small space. For example, where “only” 12 HDDs are accommodated in a 2U unit, an all-flash server, such as the FS3410 from Synology shown here, already offers space for 24 SSDs.

2. Reading and writing

The shared use of folders, many simultaneous accesses to the system, large amounts of data to be downloaded or uploaded – all of these can be reasons for digital waiting times and slowing down of server operation.

An all-flash memory brings the advantage of the fastest response times. Data can be called up immediately and loading times are short. High write and read rates enable parallel access by many users without noticeably slowing down performance.

3. Virtual Machines

In some professions, the hosting of virtual machines has become indispensable. But VMs demand a lot of work from servers and need high transfer rates.

An all-flash server can be connected via iSCSI Hypervisor and VMs can be hosted on the server. Synology also offers Virtual Machine Manager, a free optimized solution that allows VMs to be virtualized directly on the server itself.

4. Fast, faster, network card

In companies where high data throughput is a must, the server must not become a bottleneck. A server should be able to be upgraded with network cards, NICs for short. Synology All Flash solutions offer data throughput of up to 56 GB with the appropriate NIC.

5. From the home office to the server

So that IT admins who take care of servers can also take advantage of this new “remote” normal, there are OOB, out-of-band ports. Admins can dial into servers remotely via these ports, even if they can no longer be reached via the actual network. Restarting, receiving logs and providing “first aid” are no problem remotely.

By the way: A useful helper for all-flash servers is RAID F1. This RAID setup is Synology specific and was developed for use with SSDs. RAID F1 uses the mechanisms of RAID 5, which provides fault tolerance and increased read performance. However, in RAID F1 array, the system writes more data on a specific drive to accelerate its aging. This prevents data loss due to the simultaneous failure of several drives.

Anyone who is still unsure how an all-flash server fits into their own IT environment can use Synology’s free consulting and test service. The server selected in cooperation with experts can be tested without risk and put through its paces.

For more information on Synology’s Free Consultation and Trial Service, please visithere.