Today, solid-state drives (SSDs) are all the rage. You can’t read through a storage industry site without the reviewers and editors ogling over the latest “all-flash” this or “flash caching” that. Of course, it’s for good reason. Flash-based storage arrays boast the highest-performance random access — over 1M IOPS — to accelerate whole classes of database, analytics and virtual desktop workloads. However, all this performance is unobtainable for many businesses due to cost and complicated workload sizing and management.

 So, what’s the small-fry IT guy or business owner supposed to do to participate in the flash storage revolution? All-flash arrays are out of reach and distributed server flash caching is less flexible and more difficult to manage. Well, there is a great alternative called hybrid flash. Combining just a bit of flash and sophisticated cache management algorithms with standard hard-disk drive (HDD) arrays, can accelerate workload performance with minimal effort and cost. 

In the past, hybrid capability was only available on higher-end storage arrays. This is no longer a limitation as advanced flash-tiering capabilities are making their way into the smallest of vendors’ line-ups, such as the Lenovo Storage S2200. These new, cost-optimized hybrid arrays allow you to wring the most performance from your storage without forcing you to spend tons of money on spinning rust. Right-sized for smaller workloads and environments, these hybrid arrays automatically optimize for both random and streaming workloads, freeing your IT staff to focus on solving problems instead of managing hardware.

If you need an excellent balance of performance and cost, consider the Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 for creating your hybrid arrays. Watch this video to see how they stack up against the competition.