DELL EMC Glossary

A solid state array (SSA) is a shared storage device that exclusively uses solid state drives (SSDs) to store data blocks without any mechanical hard disks. A solid state array must also be a shared storage device that can be accessed and shared by multiple physical hosts via a shared storage networking fabric such as a SAN.

Why should I consider Solid State Arrays?

• Excellent application SLAs – e.g. great consistent VDI response times; high, consistent OLTP transactions; quick batch job completion

• Reduce storage administration from days to hours

• Excellent management of all your data copies for test/dev/analytics on an optimal storage footprint and TCO

• Zero RAID configurations required but all the benefits of RAID

• Consolidate your separate storage islands (dedicated to separate applications) on a single highly utilized shared storage platform that is capable to scale-out performance and capacity to address all mixed tier-1 workload consolidation.

How do Solid State Arrays Work?

A rich software layer acts as the “brains” of a solid state array and provides advanced full functionality such as deduplication, compression, high availability, snapshots, thin provisioning, scale-out, replication etc. The quality/feature functionality of this software determines the differentiation of a solid state array. The software runs on multiple devices commonly referred to as storage controllers. Storage controllers manage shelf of SSDs where data is stored.

What are the benefits of Solid State Arrays?

• Consistent low latency, expected performance with scale-out capabilities to support mixed workload consolidation on a single storage platform

• Easy setup and administration

• High resiliency for enterprise workloads

• Optimized application test/dev workflows with Integrated Copy Data Management

• Rich data services for storage efficiency

• Extensive integration with a full complement of data center products and solutions