Indiana invests in all-flash data center

Indiana invests in all-flash data center

The Indiana Office of Technology is building the first all-flash data center for state government in the United States. By switching from traditional disk-based storage arrays to flash, the IOT has increased data-retrieval and delivery speeds, its performance issues have disappeared and backups are completing faster.

In conjunction with the move to flash, the IOT restructured its archival storage system, reducing storage space and cutting archive time from 17 days to less than two.

The IOT worked with consultants and engineers from Data Strategy and EMC to simplify data management, improve data delivery effectiveness and eliminate as much manual intervention as possible. In doing so, the IOT migrated from traditional backup architectures that were on the verge of scaling out.

Flash memory is significantly more expensive than disk drives or tape, but it can be a good choice for performance-intensive applications because of its speed.

“The performance of all-flash removes storage as a component in troubleshooting production issues,” IOT CIO Paul Baltzell said. “We are also no longer limited in our ability to patch and reboot large numbers of systems at any one time.”

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