Databases are the beating heart of many organisations and mission-critical SQL databases are increasingly hosted on shared storage. As demand mounts and more and more people try to access and write an increasing amount of data, performance is taking a hit. Enterprises are struggling with database access slowing to a crawl. Everyone wants to get their hands on hot customer data in double quick time. Delays and frustration as employees wait to access this critical information is a drain on productivity. But there’s still hope. In fact, an all flash-based solid-state array solution can unplug the bottleneck, improve business efficiency and will pay for itself in no time. In a thriving enterprise, hundreds or even thousands of users may be trying to write data to a SQL server database at any one time. And the truth is, standard HDDs simply can’t keep up. This is where an enterprise-grade flash-based solid-state storage solution can help IT departments conquer their SQL database application storage challenges. Solid-state arrays are faster than traditional magnetic storage and SSD Flash enterprise storage arrays fully address performance issues, so that the business can function and grow effectively. Organisations with a demanding database workload require dedicated, high performance I/O. Flash-based shared storage has become common in the data centre and is frequently used for transactional databases as businesses wake up to its benefits and the undeniable return on investment. Solid-state has been perceived as a high cost option in the past, but research company Gartner points out that the ROI of solid-state drive (SSD) performance benefits is immediately apparent and measurable, especially when the applications using the SSDs are high-profile, revenue-generating services. It is crystal clear that when it comes to optimising database applications, flash-based solid-state shared storage solutions are the future. Harness the power of Flash Flash-based solid-state storage reduces delays related to hard disk access times, allowing servers to process more data in dramatically less time. Flash technology reduces the bottlenecks created when many people are trying to access a shared resource at once and it handles a high-demand database I/O workload with ease. Turbocharge productivity Slow response times and slow query replies become a thing of the past. A flash-based database storage solution soon pays for itself as the business can have more people working with customer data at any one time, so they can be more productive. The real risk of damage to a business’ reputation due to outages and slow applications is eradicated. Slash costs The footprint of traditional servers is huge and grows very quickly when more and more servers are brought in to solve storage problems the traditional way. Shared solid-state storage solutions take up a lot less data centre rack space and use much less power. Flash-based storage means storage capacity is not wasted and storage can be allocated wherever it is needed. Gain without pain Flash solid-state technology slots into existing kit. There is no need for extensive and painful systems integration. New models interoperate with previous models, protecting investment while allowing businesses to bring in the latest and most efficient technology. Maintenance and support requirements are low and a self-service application environment means fewer helpdesk calls and minimises the pain of policy management. Power business growth A shared solid-state storage solution is engineered to scale up to meet growing capacity needs for critical database applications. Storage requirements are increasing all the time in every business but storage without instant access is not an option. Overprovisioning of servers is expensive and becomes unnecessary in the all-flash world. Increased capacity demands increased performance too and this is where flash-based storage steps in. IT departments of all shapes and sizes face the challenge of optimising shared storage solutions for database applications. Flash storage has the potential to speed up database applications but to realise this potential, enterprises need to steer clear of solutions that demand constant tuning of storage requirements and overly complex management. Database applications make heavy demands on storage, bringing the challenge of up scaling to meet demand. Some organisations may think about taking a hybrid approach, mixing and matching Flash solid-state enterprise storage with traditional HDDs. Halfway measures such as the hybrid approach are not the right solution for most businesses though. A hybrid environment is a step backwards, introducing all the limitations of the traditional architecture. All-flash storage meets the read and write demands of mission critical database applications at a fraction of the cost of mainstream storage. An all-Flash superhighway between your users and enterprise database applications will clear the bottlenecks and fulfil the need for speed.