All-flash array

What is all-flash array?
An all-flash array is a storage array system that uses multiple solid-state drives in place of hard drives. All-flash arrays have advantages over traditional hard disk drives. They transfer data at a much faster rate than traditional hard drives, and thus AFAs enable organizations to operate more efficiently.

An all-flash array is also known as a solid-state array (SSA).

All-flash arrays are known to provide advanced data management services that do not fall within the realm of spinning media. They use less electricity and produce less heat. Therefore, they do not require as much cooling as standard hard disk drives. Therefore, the need for air conditioning in data centers is reduced. All-flash arrays contain all of the advanced features a business could possibly need. Some of these features include replication, snapshots, and data deduplication.

All-flash arrays are also easy to manage. There are no restrictions on how logical volumes can be created. AFAs are physically smaller and therefore the total number of racks is smaller. However, appropriate backup and mitigation plans should be established. An unexpected drive failure would make data recovery more difficult than standard hard drives. Also, all-flash arrays cost a bit more because flash is more expensive than rotating media. But their ease of installation and maintenance are some of the many compelling reasons to choose all-flash arrays.

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