Cheers from somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, as I’m en route from Shanghai, China. I just attended the 2015 Huawei Cloud Conference (HCC) where the theme was “Make it Simple, Make Business Agile.” The event, hosted by Huawei, was attended by more than 10,000 IT decision makers from around the world. The Huawei Cloud Conference is billed as one of the largest IT shows in China.
If there was one word that was used time and time again, it was “data.” And not just data by itself, but the ability to process, move, store, access and analyze data. Data is what drives business, and those who are successful in this will be the winners in their industry.
Consider how you, as a participant in the digital age, create, store, access, move and utilize data. Whether it’s from your smartphone, tablet, or other personal device, you have vast amounts of data at your fingertips. From social media, banking, finance, media, and entertainment, we are seeing explosive data growth rates. According to a report from IDC, there are 4.4 trillion gigabytes of data in the “digital universe.” By 2020, this number is expected to grow more than 10X and reach 44 trillion gigabytes, and it won’t stop there!
When I talk with storage and database administrators around the world who are managing large- scale data centers, I ask them, “What keeps you up at night?” The typical response is that they just cannot keep pace with managing the explosive growth of data in their enterprise using the decades old IT infrastructure that is in place today.
Data equals money. Data is an organization’s most important asset. It’s what sets them apart from their competition. Those who can efficiently process, store, access and analyze that data will be the winners in this industry. The reality is simple: Spinning media (commonly termed “spinning rust” in professional IT circles) is not the right technology to deliver on the need for better data management and delivery, and it cannot keep up with the data demands of today and the future. Regardless of whether you are focused on latency, density, or IOPS, all are better served by non-volatile flash technology versus HDDs. Storage technology is going through its most important revolution in decades, and the shift to solid state drives is driving fundamental changes in the infrastructure and the economics of information.
At Micron, our vision, strategy and flash solutions are accelerating the storage revolution; but we can’t do it on our own. Only through collaborative partnerships – only through understanding our customers’ workloads and how they use technology – can we be successful.
Micron has already executed this strategy by forming collaborations with companies like IBM and Seagate. Continuing with this strategy, Micron and Huawei held an event during HCC 2015 where both companies signed a strategic collaboration agreement, recognizing Micron as the premier flash storage provider for Huawei’s flash systems. Huawei is committed to driving the digital revolution not only in China but across the globe, and they see Micron as the partner of choice as they look to replace the 15K HDDs in their storage arrays with new SSDs built with Micron flash media.
While at the conference, I jotted down a comment made by Huawei’s VP of IT Product Line, Joy Huang: "Huawei has been committed to continuous technical innovation and joint innovation. With this strategic cooperation on flash technologies, Micron and Huawei will lead the all-flash era by providing innovative data storage solutions." I mention this quote because it’s a good representation of our united vision of flash representing a new era for the world of storage.
Building on Huawei’s theme, “Make it Simple, Make Business Agile,” I would add that Micron Makes it SOLID. To truly achieve business agility in today’s data centers—it will take flash.
If you have questions or want to learn more about how Micron is accelerating the storage revolution, tweet our main storage handle @MicronStorage. You can also send us an email at SSD@micron.com. We’d like to hear from you.