Tim Keller

Director of Client Development, Technology Solutions Group

Big Data Storage: Closing the Performance Gap


More and more, IT organizations are enjoying the benefits of superfast processors and massive bandwidths to process the volume, variety, and velocity of big data.  But wait times still choke the flow of all that big data – hampering the promise of rapid data-driven decision making for the lines of business who are crying for it.  The big (data) question is… where’s the bottleneck?

The answer is in the storage system where the data is being stored and retrieved.  Based on traditional hard disk drive (HDD) technology, storage systems haven’t kept pace with the advances in processor speed and bandwidth.  For all of our technological advances, the mechanical arm of a hard disk drive can only move so fast across a magnetic platter. Even at peak performance, HDDs cannot deal with simultaneous high-demand read and write requests associated with big data and analytics. The technology cannot deliver, not at least where big data is concerned.  That performance gap has caused a big data bottleneck – until now.

That’s where flash storage comes in. A purely electronic storage medium, flash performs at much higher speeds that are designed to solve the input/output wait time by offering 50 times faster access times and 1,333 times more transactions per second than a HDD. Storage bottlenecks are eliminated based on microsecond latency which allows important applications to work faster.

Our clients have started to reap the performance benefits of flash storage with IBM’s FlashSystem storage solutions.  I had the chance to chat about it recently – check out my vlog:

Or, watch our 15-minute on-demand webinar, Unleashing Big Data with IBM FlashSystem.

Share your thoughts – how is your organization managing the big data performance gap?

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