Business apps can greatly benefit from flash storage

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Here’s an interesting thought -- if you don’t use flash storage, you risk reputation damage. Interesting conclusion, right? Well, this is basically what data management company NetApp is saying in its latest report.

NetApp claims that almost a quarter (23 percent) of businesses risk damaging their reputation because they do not support business-critical applications with flash storage.


The report is based on a poll of 1,000 IT decision makers. They say that features such as processing of payments, customer relation management (CRM) tools, and email marketing systems are key business applications, used by 40 percent, 36 percent, and 35 percent of IT decision makers, respectively.

The respondents also say these apps require consistently high levels of performance, basically something that flash storage can offer. Despite this, flash storage is used by 18 percent to support payment processing, 17 percent in email marketing apps and 15 percent in CRM apps. Almost a quarter of IT decision makers say they don’t use flash storage, at all.

"High performance data management is increasingly essential for UK enterprises and plays a key role in supporting business applications", says Laurence James, NEMEA Products, Alliances and Solutions manager at NetApp. "This survey confirms that while the business value of Flash in terms of performance is understood by IT decision makers, education on its true value is required to reduce the disconnect between the business requirement and Flash adoption".

More than half say they need high performance storage, and also that app outages can hurt their business’ reputation.

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