Getting the most out of flash storage

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

Over the past few years mainstream enterprises have been turning to flash storage to boost speed and decrease latency, but some vendors still produce products that inhibit customers from achieving flash's full potential.

offerings that integrate NAND flash as they would traditional disk systems put data far away from the CPU, often behind an outdated storage controller. No matter how fast the NAND is, this setup creates latency, ensuring the application sees only small improvements in actual throughput.

Let's take a step back and look at the pain of , the pitfalls of applying conventional architectures to flash, and how to achieve the full potential of NAND flash.