Data growth continues to accelerate as storage infrastructures are pushed, pushing organizations to find ways to control storage costs. Small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) often try to lower the cost of using consumer quality storage, but this is a risky strategy. While it will certainly cut costs in the short term, it creates a very real opportunity for increased operational and operational costs along the way.
In short, consumer quality technology is built for consumer-grade workloads. For example. Consumer-quality hard drives are typically designed to handle an annual workload limit of approx. 25 TB per Year – far less than 500 TB annual limit for most class-drive companies. Not surprisingly, failure rates skyrocket when consumer-quality drives connect to arrays and are exposed to the data center’s workload.
Another big difference is the business environment that is always on. Data center storage systems are turned on all the time and are rarely idle for some time. When not supporting application requests or data items, they are often involved in fault detection, system backups, and other maintenance tasks – all of which place extra emphasis on mechanical components. Consumer-quality devices just weren’t meant for that type of constant activity.
In hybrid arrays that combine traditional hard drives with flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs), it has become quite common to use consumer-quality SSDs as a cost management method. The theory is that since flash drives are electronic without the mechanical limitations of hard drives, they can handle the extra workload. However, there are several tradeoffs.
The life of a flash drive is measured by the number of write or erase cycles it may take before it becomes unstable. Consumer drives built for light activity lack the durability of enterprise-class SSDs and can wear out more than 10 times faster. Enterprise SSD also offers significantly faster data transfer rates with multi-Gigabit-per-second throughput compared to approx. 2500 Mbps for top-of-the-line consumer products.
Consumer-class storage may provide plug-and-play simplicity, but without any of the scalability, capacity, or optimization features of a business-quality solution. However, many SMEs often feel like they have no choice because of the upfront costs of enterprise-grade storage.
iXsystems removes this barrier with its range of TrueNAS storage devices designed for smaller organizations in need of reliable, enterprise-class storage. Based on FreeNAS open source software defined storage system, TrueNAS X10 is a unified storage group providing 20 TB of hybrid file and block storage for under $ 10,000.
TrueNAS X10 arrays are packed with enterprise-grade capabilities, including VMware, Citrix and Veeam certifications, public cloud integration, capacity-efficient features such as block-level inline compression, deduplication and thin delivery, as well as snapshots, replication and data-at-rest. encryption.
TrueNAS X10 is available in a single-controller or dual-controller configuration. iXsystems recommends the dual-controller configuration for customers who require high availability, but note that those with budget constraints may be able to select the single-controller version first and then upgrade to a dual-configuration later. Each storage control is anchored by a high-performance, system-on-a-chip (SOC) Intel Xeon D-1531 processor.
While it is important to cut costs and save cash whenever possible, you need reliable technology to drive business efficiency. With data growth accelerating fast, consumer quality solutions to meet your inventory needs use a gamble that can result in downtime, lost data and other operational issues.